1st XV - Match centre

Old Cooperians
Rochford Hundred
Full time
G Whight, M White (2), N Grier (2)
M Stewart (3)
M Stewart
Sat 11 Mar 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 North East

Grier scores twice for Rochford against Old Cooperians but is still left feeling frustrated

Report by Chris Phillips

Nik Grier was left ruing a slow start to the second half after Rochford Hundred’s 44-34 defeat at Old Cooperians.

Grier bagged two tries in the London Two North East clash.

But his efforts went unrewarded as Old Cooperians came out on top to leave Grier disappointed.

“In the first half we performed to our strengths and at half time we spoke about what we needed to do to continue our good start to the game,” said Grier.

“But unfortunately we didn’t come out and do that and we gifted them three easy tries in the first ten minutes of the second half.

“After that we were always chasing the game and it was very frustrating because we would have gone above Old Cooperians in the table if we had won and it was also frustrating because of how we turned them over at our place earlier on in the season.”

The defeat was Rochford’s second in three games and kept them eighth in the table.

However, Grier - who arrived at Magnolia Road from Southend in the summer - insists he has enjoyed his first campaign with Rochford and has predicted a bright future for the club.

“I’ve very much enjoyed my first season playing for Rochford,” said Grier.

“Under michael guess they will continue to make improvements and go somewhere.

“But we’ve got three league games left this season and the Essex Cup final against Romford as well.

“We are obviously targeting to win all four matches so we can finish as high up the league table as possible and win the cup final as well.”

However, for that to happen, Rochford will need to bounce back from Saturday’s setback at Old Cooperians.

Despite the final scoreline, Rochford were up 24-16 at half time but Old Cooperians came back in the second half with four tries and two penalties to secure victory.

Grier and Matthew White both scored two tries while Greg Whight added three conversions.

Captain Matt Stewart also kicked a penalty but Hundred were unable to build on the win against bottom of the table Campion and were left feeling frustrated at the final whistle.

The defeat means Rochford are now eight points behind fifth placed Old Cooperians and will now be keen to bounce back at home to Norwich a week on Saturday.

Key moments

10:00
Penalty Matt Stewart kicks a penalty for Rochford Hundred
22:00
Try Greg Whight scores for Rochford Hundred
22:00
Conversion Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
28:00
Try Matt White scores for Rochford Hundred
28:00
Conversion Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Try Nik Grier scores for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Conversion Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
72:00
Try Nik Grier scores for Rochford Hundred
76:00
Try Matt White scores for Rochford Hundred

Highlights

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76:00 Try 0 - 34
Matt White scores for Rochford Hundred
73:00 Sub On
Lee Wiseman is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
73:00 Sub Off
Louie Marshall is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
72:00 Try 0 - 29
Nik Grier scores for Rochford Hundred
63:00 Sub Off
Matthew Bevan is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
63:00 Sub On
Reece Levy is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
39:00 Try 0 - 22
Nik Grier scores for Rochford Hundred
39:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
33:00 Yellow Card
Greg Whight is yellow carded for Rochford Hundred
28:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
28:00 Try 0 - 15
Matt White scores for Rochford Hundred
22:00 Try 0 - 8
Greg Whight scores for Rochford Hundred
22:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Matt Stewart kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Matt Stewart kicks a penalty for Rochford Hundred
10:00 Sub On
michael guess is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
10:00 Sub Off
Michael Mark is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Cooperians
  • Rochford Hundred
  • 0
  • Matt Stewart Penalty 10:00'
  • michael guess Sub On 10:00'
  • Michael Mark Sub Off 10:00'
  • Greg Whight Try 22:00'
  • Matt Stewart Conversion 22:00'
  • Matt White Try 28:00'
  • Matt Stewart Conversion 28:00'
  • Greg Whight Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Nik Grier Try 39:00'
  • Matt Stewart Conversion 39:00'
  • Matthew Bevan Sub Off 63:00'
  • Reece Levy Sub On 63:00'
  • Nik Grier Try 72:00'
  • Lee Wiseman Sub On 73:00'
  • Louie Marshall Sub Off 73:00'
  • Matt White Try 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Old Cooperians 22 60
7. Woodford 22 58
8. Rochford Hundred 22 57
9. Norwich 22 55
10. Ipswich 22 34
11. Holt 22 23
12. Campion 22 6

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