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Cooperians seek out a perfect 10

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 January 2016

Old Cooperians celebrate a try (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Old Cooperians celebrate a try (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Reed hopes team can match club record on Saturday

Old Cooperians can stretch their winning run to 10 matches this weekend when they visit Wanstead tomorrow.

Their streak started when they last played the Herons in October and has seen the side soar into the promotion race in London Three North East.

If they are successful this weekend, it would match their run during the 2013-14 season, when they won promotion from the division.

But they come up against a Wanstead side who have had a mixed year and head coach Pat Reed says that makes it harder to know what to expect.

“Wanstead are a bit of a strange team — one week they can be brilliant and the next be unable to field a squad,” said Reed.

“Because of that, there’s not too much work we can do on the opposition as we don’t know what to expect.

“We’re preparing for it like we would any other, and that is by focusing on ourselves.”

Coops head into the match off the back of a crucial 38-17 triumph at home to Harlow that moved them to within two points of the top of the league.

Jack Relph scored a brace and there were also tries for Reed, Mike Titterton, Harry Fayers and Matt Carter.

It means Coops secured a bonus-point win that could be vital at the end of the season, but Reed insists there is still room for improvement.

“We had a chance to kill the game off after the break, but we went quiet and allowed Harlow back in,” he added.

“First half, we played really well and pretty much scored from the kick off. We knew they would try their driving maul, but we defended well.

“But we allowed them back into the game after half time and allowed them to make the score more respectable than it should have been.

“There are things we need to look at, but we got maximum points which is good.”

That victory, coupled with results elsewhere, appears to leave the title race between Cooperians and Epping Upper Clapton.

Coops host their rivals on April 2 which could prove to be a decider and Reed is confident his team can keep their focus until then.

“For some teams it might be difficult to keep on track, but we’ve never had to think about complacency since I’ve been involved here,” he said.

“The boys are enjoying their rugby and the fast-paced style that we play would be difficult to implement if we were complacent.”

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