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Rugby Union: Stop-start fixture list far from ideal for Wanstead head coach David Wiggins

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 November 2017

Wanstead in action against Old Cooperians earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wanstead in action against Old Cooperians earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons without a game this weekend as London Two North East takes a break

Wanstead head coach David Wiggins admits the recent stop-start nature of his team’s fixtures is far from ideal.

The Herons have this weekend off, before returning to action away to Woodford in London Two North East on December 9.

Last Saturday saw the Roding Lane North club win 56-21 at home to Cantabrigian in the league, a game which was also preceded by a blank weekend after Wanstead received a walkover against Upminster in the Essex Intermediate Cup.

The Herons have been in good form despite games not being as regular as they would like, winning their last five in the league.

And while Wiggins knows it has not been the most perfect of situations, he says it is something Wanstead just have to get on with.

“We’ll still be training and we’ll ramp it up next week in preparation for our next game, but the gaps between fixtures aren’t helping,” he said.

“We are in a place, though, where I can tell the boys what is needed to achieve and they respond well to it.

“We’re training well at the minute and that is reflecting in our results this season.”

Against Cantabrigians, Wanstead spent much of the game down to 14 men after wing Ire Orabajo was shown a red for tackling a player in the air.

The Herons also had to battle back in the second half, having trailed 21-13 at half time.

Lewis Pruce scored a hat trick of tries in the win, while Tim Coughlan and skipper Jayke Arkell also impressed.

And Wiggins was pleased with the spirit shown by his team, particularly in the second half against Cantabrigians.

“We weren’t firing on many cylinders in the first half, so there were a few words with the boys at half time,” he added.

“I said to them that I never thought we’d lose the game, and asked them if they felt the same.

“The boys were all positive with their responses, so I told them again that if we got it together, we’d win.

“We showed good character in the end, but we have a tendency to go down to the level of the opposition and that is something we have to work on.”

Divisional rivals Woodford also have the weekend off.

Last time out, thw Highams club suffered a 61-10 defeat at Ipswich that leaves them still in the relegation zone.

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