Rugby Union: Head coach Pat Reed disappointed Old Cooperians could not score a try at London Two North East leaders Rochford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 March 2018

Old Cooperians in action earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Old Cooperians in action earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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St Mary’s Lane club beaten 39-3 last weekend

Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed feels his team had opportunities to cross the whitewash in a 39-3 defeat against runaway London Two North East leaders Rochford.

Despite being bottom of the table, Coops were able to keep a Rochford team who average almost 58 points per match to below 40.

While their defence did well by and large, it was the attack for the St Mary’s Lane club that did not fire against the league leaders.

Reed feels his team left points out on the pitch, something which he says has been a typical feature of their season so far.

“It’s disappointing because we had chances to score and we put the Rochford defence, which was very good, under pressure, but we couldn’t finish the opportunities off,” said Reed.

“We’re bottom, but we’ve got the fifth best defence in the league, which is the story of our season really.”

It was a disappointing return to action for Coops, who had not played three weeks prior to the trip to Rochford.

Their last outing had been a fine 32-22 win at high-flying Wanstead, which no doubt would have boosted the confidence of Reed’s squad.

But having lost for the 13th time in the league this term, the Coops head coach knows that confidence will have taken a hit after the loss at Rochford.

“A defeat is a defeat, so regardless of who the opposition was or what the score was, naturally you’re going to be a little down,” he added.

“That’s something that me and the other coaches have to contend with, but, from what we’ve seen in training, the boys have reacted well so far.”

Coops are back in action on Saturday when they face Romford in a rearranged Havering derby.

And with the St Mary’s Lane club bottom ahead of the clash, Reed is all to aware of the game’s importance

“It’s a massive game because, as a club, we always want to be playing teams like Romford,” he said.

“We want to stay up and I believe we have a good enough squad to stay up, but we’re at a stage now where we have four games left and we need wins.”

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