Rugby Union: Old Cooperians head for Norwich in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 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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Old Cooperians head coach Pat Reed admits his squad may not be fully aware of the tough they are in — but believes it can help them survive in London Two North East.

The St Mary’s Lane club visit high-flying Norwich on Saturday and start the weekend 10 points adrift of safety.

While their relegation rivals have three games remaining, Coops still have four matches left to play after their derby with Romford was postponed for a second time last weekend.

If results go against this Saturday, the St Mary’s Lane club could be on the brink of relegation back to London Three level, a scenario that may strike fear into some players.

However, with Reed revealing his team are not fully aware of the position the club are in, the head coach hopes that does not lead to any extra pressure.

“We’ve got a group of players who don’t look too much at the table because they play rugby for enjoyment, and that might help us,” he said.

“Of course they know we’re bottom, but most of them are unaware what the points difference is to those above us.

“It might look daunting, but we have a game in hand and we believe we have the quality in the team to get the results we need to stay up.”

Coops will be looking forward to getting back to playing this Saturday after the last postponement of their Havering derby at home to Romford.

Reed, though, says the team quickly put that frustration behind them, allowing them to give the trip to Norwich their all.

“The boys have already moved on from the disappointment of last weekend and are now focussed on Norwich,” he added.

“It’s a tough place to go, but we’ll still go there with the belief that we can win the game.

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