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Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins says weekend off will benefit London Two North East club

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2017

The rugby season is well underway (pic: Jamie Pluck).

The rugby season is well underway (pic: Jamie Pluck).

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Herons have not entered RFU Intermediate Cup, leaving them without a game on Saturday

While many of their London Two North East rivals have RFU Intermediate Cup games to prepare for on Saturday, Wanstead can look forward to a weekend off.

The Herons have taken the decision not to enter the tournament this season, leaving them without a first-team fixture this weekend.

And head coach David Wiggins is certain that not entering the competition was the right decision, believing it is key his players have some time away from playing.

“It’s important for us to have a rest at we’ve been at it since July,” said Wiggins.

“If we did have a cup game this weekend, we would have struggled as we have a few niggly injuries in the squad.

“When it comes to entering cup competitions, you have to ask yourself if you can win it, or would you be better served by having a break? It’s not being defeatist, it’s being realistic.

“We’re still entered in the Essex Cup and feel we have a better chance of winning that.”

Last weekend saw Wanstead lose a league game for the first time in almost a year as they went down 42-7 at home to leaders Rochford in London Two North East.

Flanker Joe Jones crossed for the only try for the Herons, who went into the game having won all of their previous four league matches this term.

It was a setback for the Roding Lane North club after a bright start to the term, but Wiggins had no qualms in admitting his team were beaten by the better side.

“Rochford are the best team we’ve faced all season. You know a good team because they do the simple well,” he added.

“We didn’t function at the set piece in that game, which always makes it hard to do well.”

Without a game for two weeks, there will be the chance that Wanstead players could think too much about the Rochford loss, but Wiggins knows his players must move on quickly.

He added: “Rochford were more accurate than us on the day, so we have to accept that and move on.

“There are still 17 league games left this season and I’ve told the boys not to beat themselves up about as Rochford will be up there.”

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