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Reed happy Old Cooperians have weekend off after tough start to season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 October 2018

Old Cooperians face the camera (pic: Dave Kemp)

Old Cooperians face the camera (pic: Dave Kemp)

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St Mary’s Lane club lost 42-5 at Chelmsford last weekend

Pat Reed is grateful Old Cooperians are not in action in either London Three Essex or the RFU Senior Vase this weekend.

With various national cup competitions starting this Saturday, there are no planned games in the league.

Having been awarded a bye to the second round of the RFU Senior Vase, it also means the St Mary’s Lane outfit are not in cup action this weekend.

But after a challenging start to the new term, head coach Reed is pleased there is no competitive fixture for Coops this Saturday.

“It’s a godsend having this week off. We’re only five games into the season, but it has been tough,” admitted Reed.

“Because of player availability, some of the more senior players have had to play a bit more regularly than usual and there are some tired bodies already.

“Mentally too, having this weekend off should be of massive benefit to us. It’s great for the boys to switch off from rugby, even if only for a little while.

“We’ve had a fair few head injuries so far this season and we’re rightly being cautious about it.

“A head injury can put you out for a little while longer than a muscle strain, but you don’t want to rush a player back after a head injury.

“We’ve just been unfortunate with players being unavailable in the early part of the season, so we’re happy to have the weekend off.”

Coops are next due in action on October when they make the trip to Canvey Island in the league.

When they do head for Canvey, the St Mary’s Lane club will hope to hit back after a 42-5 loss at Chelmsford last Saturday.

Though Greg Fox crossed for a try at Chelmsford, it was a second straight league loss.

Reed, however, was pleased to avoid having to concede the game after struggling with player availability once again.

“It was another tough weekend for us with plenty of players not available for one reason or another, so it was good to get a side out,” he added.

“We played good rugby in parts, so we were a little disappointed to only score one try.”

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