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Rugby Union: Old Cooperians chase 20th straight win against rivals Campion in London Two North East

15:00 23 September 2016

Old Cooperians show off their new kit ahead of their win over Woodford (pic: Nicki Kemp)

Old Cooperians show off their new kit ahead of their win over Woodford (pic: Nicki Kemp)

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Head coach Pat Reed knows derby will provide extra spice to early season fixture

Old Cooperians could have double the reason to celebrate as they face their fiercest rivals Campion in London Two North East tomorrow (Saturday) chasing a 20th successive win.

The St Mary’s Lane club have not lost in the league for almost a year, with their last defeat coming on October 3, 2015.

A stunning run of 17 straight wins took Coops to the London Three North East title last term, before they opened the new campaign with two victories.

Campion, meanwhile, are still searching for their first win this season, but Coops player-coach Pat Reed knows the form of the two rivals will count for little.

“We’re pleased to have the game against Campion early on in the season, and while we would have like it to have been

at home, we can’t have any complaints,” said Reed.

“We can’t read too much into their results early in the season, it’s a derby and anything can happen. It all depends on how the 18 in each squad perform on the day.

“It’s an old school rivalry in every sense, so it should be a cracker and really competitive.”

Coops head into the clash off the back of a 40-0 mauling of Woodford last time out.

Harry Fayers (2), Reed, John Woodhall, Matt Carter and George Wilkins all touched down in the win, with Tom Morgan adding five conversions, with the head coach calling for more of the same this weekend.

“The focus has to be on us. We still have areas where we can improve, but hopefully it will all come together against Campion following some good training sesssions,” he added.

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