Rugby Union: Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed believes team can get something from trip to London Two North East leaders Rochford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 March 2018

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

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

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St Mary’s Lane club head for current table toppers on Saturday

Old Cooperians face the daunting prospect of a trip to runaway London Two North East leaders Rochford on Saturday, but head coach Pat Reed is upbeat about his team’s chances.

The St Mary’s Lane club visit a Rochford team currently 12 points clear at the top of the standings, having collected the maximum five points from each of their 17 games this term.

Coops will be the latest team to attempt to halt the Rochford juggernaut this weekend, but know it will be a tough task that awaits them, having lost the earlier meeting between the sides 58-0 at home in November.

With the St Mary’s Lane club in last place heading into the weekend, it is a top-versus-bottom clash, but that has not stopped Reed from believing his team can get something from their trip to Rochford.

“We have a lot of respect for Rochford becuase they are a strong side and are unbeaten, but we will still go there chasing a win,” he said.

“I’m confident we can get something out of the game, whether that’s a win or a bonus point for scoring four tries and losing by seven points or less.

“When we played Sudbury earlier in the season, it was one of only two times this season when they haven’t taken a bonus point for scoring four tries.

“That’s something we’ll draw on this weekend as we look to get something from the game.”

Coops had been due to host Havering rivals Romford in the league last weekend, but that game was postponed because of the cold weather.

The game has been rearranged for March 17, but though he understood the decision to call the game off, Reed was disappointed not to have a game.

“It was frustrating because it was probably the first time since the first game of the season that we had a fully fit squad to choose from,” he added.

“There are a few boys that are unavailable for the new date, including some that will be at Six Nations games, but I’m sure it’s the same for Romford.

“It’s a case of all teams having to cope with it, and I’m sure it will still be a good game regardless.”

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