Moreland keen for Barking to show how far they have come against Old Cooperians

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 December 2018

Andrew Moreland, director of rugby at Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Andrew Moreland, director of rugby at Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Gale Street club lost previous meeting in September, but looking for success on Saturday

Andrew Moreland wants Barking to avenge a defeat to Old Cooperians earlier in the season when the sides meet again in London Three Essex on Saturday.

The Gale Street club welcome Coops this weekend for their final game before the league takes a break over Christmas.

When the sides last met back in September, Barking suffered a 38-24 defeat away from home.

But back at Gale Street this Saturday, director of rugby Moreland is confident his team can do what is needed to triumph.

“Because the clubs are so close to each other and there are plenty of players in both squads who have played for both clubs, there is a derby feel to it,” he said.

“For us, it’s our last home game of the year, so there will be a big crowd for the lunch beforehand and it’s become a really big event for us.

“The players are really up for the game because they know that they didn’t play to their potential in the previous meeting.

“It’s one of those games that, as a coach, you don’t have to say much to the players before the game because they are so up for it.”

Barking could move up to seventh with a win over Coops on Saturday as they look for a win in their final game of the calendar year.

And Moreland hopes the Gale Street club can end what has been a testing 2018 at times on a high.

“If we can get the win, then it will certainly make things easier going into the New Year.

“A win on Saturday would be a good platform for us to build going into 2019 when we start to look at the home straight.

“We’ve stopped the rot at the club that saw us have two successive relegations; now it’s a case of making consistent progress.”

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