Rugby Union: Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed expects tight game at Wanstead in London Two North East
PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 February 2018
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Coops make the short trip to face Herons this weekend
Head coach Pat Reed believes Old Cooperians’ clash away to Wanstead on Saturday could be a close game, despite the sides sitting at opposite ends of London Two North East.
Coops currently prop up the standings, while the Herons harbour hopes of promotion this term and are third ahead of the weekend.
However, when the sides met earlier in the season, the Upminster club only suffered a narrow 27-24 loss, and Reed believes it could be tight again on Saturday.
“We’ve had lots of close games with Wanstead over the years and we expect another one this weekend,” he said.
“After our game earlier in the season, we know we can push them all the way this weekend.
“Though you can never tell who will play week to week, we have a good idea about Wanstead and they’ll have a good idea about us.
“Though it’s not a local derby, we know a few of their players and likewise they know a few of ours.
“Even though we’ve both not been in the best of form, I don’t think that will come into it this weekend and it will be an entertaining match.”
While Coops visit Wanstead this weekend, the two teams directly above the relegation zone also meet.
Cantabs, who are six points ahead of Coops, make the trip to Epping, who are eight points better off than the Essex club.
But Reed insists the fact two of their relegation rivals play each other on Saturday does not turn the heat up on Coops.
“The fact that Epping and Cantabs are playing each other doesn’t increase the pressure on us to get something out of the Wanstead game,” he added.
“We put ourselves in the position we are in and we’re the only ones who can get ourselves out of it.
“If we don’t perform in our games and get the results, then how those around us fare is irrelevant.”
Coops had last weekend off, giving them a two-break since their last game, an 18-15 loss at home to Ipswich.
And Reed says the squad are all itching to return to action against Wanstead on Saturday.
“The boys are looking forward to getting back out there and getting the disappointment against Ipswich out of their system,” he said.
“We felt the Ipswich was a game we could have won and perhaps we should have taken it.”
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