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Super Coopers in seven-try romp

Old Cooperians discuss tactics in their win over Cantabrigian (pic: Alex Fisher) Old Cooperians discuss tactics in their win over Cantabrigian (pic: Alex Fisher)

Friday, December 13, 2013
10:30 AM

London 3NE: Old Cooperians 48 Cantabrigians 14

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Old Cooperians score one of their seven tries against Cantabrigian (pic: Alex Fisher)Old Cooperians score one of their seven tries against Cantabrigian (pic: Alex Fisher)

Old Cooperians maintained their excellent form in London Three North East with seven tries in a 48-14 win over Cantabrigians.

Less than five minutes had been played when quick ball to Harry Fayers saw him outpace the visiting defence and draw their full-back before sending Scott Sarson under the posts for a try, which he also converted.

Cantabs hit back with a penalty, after Coopers was caught offside, but an infringement at the scrum allowed Sarson to slot another kick of his own to make it 10-3.

Joe Bilton caught the restart and broke through the Cantabs defence on a 40-yard run before his inside pass sent centre Matt Watkins over for another converted try.

Cantabrigian go on the attack against Old Cooperians (pic: Alex Fisher)Cantabrigian go on the attack against Old Cooperians (pic: Alex Fisher)

But Coopers were made to pay when a stray backward pass in their own 22 was pounced on by a Cantabs forward, who touched down for their only try of the afternoon.

Cantabs added another penalty to close the gap to six points and their well-drilled pack put pressure on Coopers, who saw prop Fatjon Qela forced off with a shoulder injury before the break.

Captain John Woodhall moved to prop, as Ray Flowers took over at hooker, with the hosts making further changes during the break.

Matt Carter came on at number eight for Sam Wheeler, as Ben Pryer moved to flanker, but Coopers conceded another penalty soon after the restart to make it 17-14.

A mix-up in the Cantabs defence allowed Keith Wardley to pick up and score a third Coopers try, which Sarson converted, but the home side saw Flowers injured at a ruck and taken to hospital for x-rays.

The match went to uncontested scrums as a result, with Coopers down to 14 men, but some excellent running rugby saw Pat Ree’s try converted by Sarson before Cantabs conceded a penalty try for not binding at a scrum on their five-yard line.

Anthony Bottone caught a crossfield kick from Sarson to touch down before Fayers produced a superb burst of speed to go over in the corner and complete the rout.

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