Rugby Union: Old Cooperians chase an improved display at South Woodham Ferrers

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 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 disappointed with final quarter of defeat to Epping last weekend

Old Cooperians play their final away game of the London Two North East season this weekend when they travel to take on promotion-hopefuls South Woodham Ferrers.

Coops will head into the Essex countryside looking to improve on a disappointing 36-22 loss at home to Epping Upper Clapton last time out.

It will be tough against a South Woodham Ferrers side currently second in the table, but backs coach Craig Ratford seems up for the challenge.

“It’s about righting the wrongs from last weekend. We want to play the best in the league and South Woodham Ferrers are certainly one of those,” he said.

“We want to put in a performance where we do ourselves justice and we’ll be up for it as always.

“It will be another tough test and another tough place to go, but we’ve learnt a lot from those challenges this season. Our away form could have been better, but we were new to this league so it was a big learning curve.”

Should Coops find themselves in a winning position at South Woodham Ferrers, they will hope to hold on to it better than they did against Epping.

Coops led 22-10 with 20 minutes remaining after Harry Fayers, Kolade Awobowale and Pat Reed all crossed the whitewash.

However, Epping hit back with four tries of their own in the final quarter to snatch the win.

And though Ratford was away for the match, he says the reports he has heard make the result a tough one to take.

“I wasn’t present, but having spoken to others, I’m aware that it is one of those games we let slip,” he added.

“At 22-10 up with 20 minutes to go, Epping got their tails up and scored four clinical tries which was disappointing.”

Following their trip to South Woodham, Coops end the season with a home match against Cantabrigians on April 8.

And even though there is little for Coops to play for, Ratford insists the team will still give it their all in both games with the intention of laying the foundations for success next season.

“We go into every game wanting a win and if we get a couple in our last two games, then we will climb the table again,” he said.

“They are two big games against the teams who are second and third, but we want two wins.”

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