Rugby Union: Backs coach Craig Ratford expects Old Cooperians to bounce back against Rochford in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 March 2017

Old Cooperians huddle before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians huddle before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Coops were beaten by local rivals Romford last weekend

Old Cooperians backs coach Craig Ratford has challenged the squad to right the wrongs from their London Two North East loss at Romford last weekend at home to Rochford tomorrow (Saturday).

Coops were beaten 27-13 by their local rivals last weekend, but will be looking to bounce back with a home win against Rochford.

Ratford, though, knows it will be tough having lost to Rochford in October, but expects the Romford loss to drive Coops on this weekend.

“We’ve got four games left in the season, so we have an opportunity to rectify what happened at Romford,” he added.

“Rochford is another battle and it will be another game where we will have to solve plenty of problems.

“We lost when we went down there, but hopefully we react to the loss to Romford and it’s a game we’re looking forward to.”

Against Romford last weekend, all Coops were able to muster were two penalties and a conversion from Tom Morgan and a late try for Tony Bly.

It was a result that saw Coops slip to six points adrift of Romford in the race to finish third this season.

And Ratford was disappointed that his team were unable to give a better account of themselves against their local rivals.

“I don’t think we got going at all, Romford came out of the blocks and were definitely stronger in terms of the first-up hits,” he added.

“They outplayed us from beginning to end and deserved to win. We can’t really say much else other than Romford deserved the win.”

“The frustrating thing is we left a lot of chances out there and yes, we did score, but the game was over by then.

“OK, we were able to put points on the board, but the game had gone by that time.”

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