Old Cooperians use gap to prepare for rivals

PUBLISHED: 14:30 16 October 2015

The rugby season is back underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The rugby season is back underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Reed says team will be more than ready for Upminster clash next week

Head coach Pat Reed says Old Cooperians will use their weekend off from league action to ensure they are fully prepared for local rivals Upminster on October 24.

No fixtures are scheduled for London Three North East this weekend after just four matches this season, but Coops will be back in action when they undertake their shortest away trip of the season – a grand distance of 1.3 miles – tomorrow week.

And Reed is keen to have his team fully prepared for the five-minute drive to Upminster’s Hall Lane base.

“We have a couple of players who have returned to us this year after being at university, so we’ll use this week to make sure they know how we play,” said Reed.

“It will be a great week building up to the Upminster match and is one that we are all looking forward to.”

Coops made sure they went into the break in a positive mood with a thumping 54-7 win over Wanstead that ended a run of two straight defeats.

Reed was pleased with the performance of lock Ryan Leader who was named man of the match.

There was also praise too for club stalwart Ray Flowers with Reed also pleased with how the team played as a unit.

But the Coops head coach admitted he was surprised with the gulf in the scoreline against the Herons.

“I was expecting a close encounter and I was quite surprised when we began to pull away,” he added.

“I think it was a result and a performance that showed how badly hit we were by injuries against Harlow (when they lost 43-26).

“Hopefully it shows both the players and the other teams what we are capable of when we are fully fit.”

That result means Coops sit fourth in the table heading into the break from league action this weekend.

And although the season is just four games old, it has also given Reed a chance to assess how things have gone so far.

“We lost a tough game at West Norfolk (15-13) and it could have gone either way,” he added. “Then at Harlow we conceded a lot of points, but had a lot of players missing.

“The positive from that is we were able to field a team and didn’t have to hand them a walkover.

“We’ve then put 50 points past good teams in Beccles and Wanstead, so all in all it has been a good start to the season.”

Reed will be hoping he remains as positive following Coops’ trip to rivals Upminster on October 24.

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