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Hallahan wants Campion to continue strong start

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 September 2018

Campion players huddle together (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Campion players huddle together (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Cottons Park club beat Old Cooperians 30-27 last weekend

Pat Hallahan wants Campion to use a trip to East London in London Three Essex to build on an opening-day success at home to Havering rivals Old Cooperians, writes Ned Keating.

The Cottons Park club began the new term last weekend with a 30-27 victory at home to their old rivals.

It was a fine way for Campion to begin the season and Hallahan feels the team will have gained plenty of confidence from it.

The task now, though, is to follow that up this weekend, but Hallahan knows it will be difficult away to an East London side who challenged for promotion last term.

“We’re away from home, but it should be an interesting test for us this weekend,” said the head coach.

“We’ll be confident after beating Cooperians and confident after winning our first game, but there have been times in recent seasons when we’ve been great one week and not matched it.

“We showed good mental strength last week to beat Cooperians, something I haven’t seen at the club in recent years.”

The match against Coops saw Campion, and the school with which they share their name, pay tribute to Paddy Dear, who died will on a school trip in 2014.

With the game switched from Cottons Park to the school’s grounds in Wingletye Lane, many of Dear’s year group were among a bumper crowd to see the game.

Campion had to come from 14-13 down at half-time to triumph, with scrum-half Matt Meehan in metronic form from the kicking tee as Michael Underwood and Sean Glynn scored tries.

And Hallahan was pleased the Cottons Park club began the term with derby success.

“It was a superb win on a great day and we’d like to thank Cooperians again for agreeing to switch the game to the school’s grounds,” he added.

“It was a scrappy game from both sides, but that was to be expected with it being the first game of the season.

“A draw would have been a fair result, but he have to use the confidence gained from the win to kick on.”

Campion can add to their confidence by getting the better of East London this Saturday.

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