Rugby Union: Backs coach Craig Ratford praises Old Cooperians’ response to derby loss after beating Rochford

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 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 returned to winning ways with bonus point win at home to Rochford

Old Cooperians backs coach Craig Ratford was delighted the team bounced back from their derby defeat at Romford to beat Rochford 44-34 in London Three North East.

Coops ran in five tries against Rochford to return to winning ways and collect maximum points.

And having suffered the disappointment of losing to fierce rivals Romford a week earlier, Ratford was pleased with the team’s response.

“We were looking to bounce back from the Romford game and we did exactly that,” said Ratford.

“We solved the problems that we faced and we were able to get right back on the horse against Rochford.

“We trailed by eight at half-time, but turned it around early in the second half with three quick tries, but we knew they were coming even at the end of the first half.

“It seemed to all click for us in the second half and credit must go to Greg Fox who was brilliant for us, both carrying the ball and with his offloads.”

Barnie Moul scored a hat-trick of tries for Coops in the win, with Tony Bly responsible for the other two.

Tom Morgan converted two of those tries, while also added five penalties from the tee for the hosts.

Having only scored one try the previous week at Romford, Ratford was pleased to see the team cut loose, but paid credit to the forwards for allowing the backs to run in the scores.

“Barnie got three, but Tony also got two and it’s great to see two of your back three scoring,” he added.

“We have to credit the forwards, though, as they have us the platform to be able to score the tries.

“The boys showed that they can finish and also what they can do when they get the ball, which we didn’t really show against Romford.”

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