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Rugby Union: Old Cooperians take weekend off from London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 February 2018

Old Cooperians huddle together earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians huddle together earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Coops without a game on Saturday after 18-15 loss to Ipswich last weekend

Old Cooperians have the day off in London Two North East on Saturday, and will hope the break helps the team recharge their batteries in the fight against the drop.

Last weekend saw Coops suffer an agonising 18-15 defeat at home to Ipswich, conceding a late penalty to lose.

Coops opened the scoring in the first five minutes as Kolade Awobowale kicked through and used his pace to score, though the conversion was missed.

Ipswich replied, making the most of some broken play for a converted score to take the lead at 7-5.

The game then became scrappy as the conditions worsened, though the visitors slotted a penalty to extend their advantage.

However, it was the hosts who were to have a late flurry at the end of the first half as first Tony Bly kicked a penalty.

Lewis Nichols then scored in the corner, with Bly adding the extras as the St Mary’s Lane club went into the break 15-10 up.

Playing against the wind and the slope in the second half, Coops failed to stop Ipswich’s big ball carriers as they spread the ball wide to score in the corner.

The conversion missed, leaving the game tied at 15-15 which set up a nailbiting finish.

As ill-discipline hit both sides, with numerous yellow cards, it was Coops who fell foul of the referee.

The hosts were perhaps harshly adjudged to be offside, allowing the Ipswich fly-half to slot the penalty for their 18-15 win.

“It was a disappointing result and with other results not going our way we are in danger of being cut off,” said Coops prop Nathaniel John.

“The boys were back on the training paddock on Monday determined to put things right.

“The extra week off gives us a chance to get some more boys back fit and raring to go for the remainder of the season.”

Coops return to action on February 17 when they make the trip to promotion hopefuls Wanstead.

When the sides met at St Mary’s Lane earlier in the season, Coops were on the wrong end of a 27-24 scoreline at the end of October.

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