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Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins wary of Epping pack ahead of London Two North East clash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 December 2017

Action from Wanstead against Woodford in London Two North East (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

Action from Wanstead against Woodford in London Two North East (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons play their final game of 2017 this weekend

Tempers flare between Woodford and Wanstead in London Two North East (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo) Tempers flare between Woodford and Wanstead in London Two North East (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

Head coach David Wiggins expects Wanstead will have to find a way to deal with the Epping pack if they are to triumph in London Two North East this weekend.

The Herons entertain an Epping side who last weekend earned a surprise win over Sudbury, who are currently third.

With Wanstead second in the table, it allowed the Roding Lane North club to open up a gap to the teams below them, having won 48-7 at Woodford.

Wiggins is aware the victory for Epping last weekend will have given them a boost ahead of making the trip to Roding Lane North.

But with Wanstead in such a good position at the midway point in the season, the head coach is keen for the Herons to follow that up with another win on Saturday.

“We didn’t see the win for Epping against Sudbury last weekend coming, but it was a great result for us,” he said.

“We now have an advantage over third that we cannot afford to waste.

“Of course, Epping will be looking to build on that win when they come to us, so it will be a tough game.

“It’s no secret that they have a big pack and last weekend that got the better of Sudbury.

“Whether that is the same against us this weekend, we shall see.”

The win at Woodford last weekend saw Wanstead earn bragging rights with a fine triumph at their Redbridge rivals.

And Wiggins revealed he was delighted with the support the Herons received on the road, believing it made for a great atmosphere.

“There were around 50 or so former Wanstead players who came to the match, which was great to see and also made it feel more like a home game,” he added.

“It was a game we had to win, and I felt we did well in terms of our performance.

“Sometimes teams near the bottom can frustrate you when you are trying to get passages of player going, but we dealt with that well.

“We tailed off at the end and the last 10 minutes were scrappy, but we got the win we wanted.”

With Wanstead back at home this Saturday, Wiggins will hope for a similar level of support as the Herons bid to end the calendar year in style by beating Epping.

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