Rugby Union: Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed chasing bragging rights in London Two North East derby at home to Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 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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Havering rivals due to meet at St Mary’s Lane on Saturday — weather permitting!

Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed is eagerly anticipating Saturday’s Havering derby at home to Romford in London Two North East.

The two borough rivals are due to meet at St Mary’s Lane this weekend, with both striving for bragging rights in the league encounter.

Coops, who currently prop up the standings, lost the earlier meeting at Romford in November, going down 30-10 at Crow Lane.

But buoyed by a 32-22 win at high-flying Wanstead in their last outing on February 17, Reed says Coops are gunning for another triumph on Saturday.

“It’s a local derby, so we’ll both be looking to get one over each other,” he said.

“Romford did that to us at their place earlier in the season, so they might have a slight advantage mentally this weekend, but we’re looking to be the victors on Saturday.

“We’re pleased with how things went in our last game against Wanstead, but we know we still made mistakes in that match and we’ve been working on rectifying those the past couple of weeks.

“That win will have given us a boost, but we know Romford are a good side with good players that we have a lot of respect for, so we know we still have to work hard.”

Coops’, and likely Romford’s, preparation for the derby has been dogged by the cold weather that has gripped much of the country this week.

The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ has made it difficult for clubs in all sports, not just rugby union, to train this week.

And with the cold weather forecast to continue over the weekend, there are serious doubts as to whether the derby will go ahead.

Reed admits it has been difficult preparing the team to face Romford, but knows his side just have to get on with things.

“The weather hasn’t been easy this week, but we’ve got great support and have been able to train inside instead this week,” he added.

“The weather might not be ideal, but training inside means we will still be prepared for the weekend.

“We’ve trained as if the game is going ahead and whatever decision is made, we just have to get on with it.”

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