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Rugby Union: Wanstead without a game after Upminster pull out of Essex Intermediate Cup tie

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 November 2017

A Wanstead player in action earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A Wanstead player in action earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons were due to entertain Upminster on Saturday

Wanstead are without a competitive game this weekend after Upminster withdrew from Saturday’s scheduled Essex Intermediate Cup second round tie between the two.

The Herons, currently riding high in second in London Two North East, were due to welcome their Three North East rivals to Roding Lane North.

However, with Upminster withdrawing from the competition, Wanstead are through to the third round.

But Herons head coach David Wiggins is a little disappointed there will be no game for his side on Saturday.

“Upminster asked us if they could rearrange the game for a later date, but we didn’t agree to that,” said Wiggins.

“We have training plans and a structure in place and playing the game later in the season would have disrupted that.

“We would have put a strong team out as we were looking to right the wrongs from last week; it would have been like a football manager calling his players back in training the day after a heavy defeat.”

Last weekend, Wanstead picked another five points in the league with a 36-14 win away to Chelmsford.

The Herons did enough to see off the league’s bottom club, though were not at their best at Chelmsford.

But while Wiggins acknowledges his team can turn in better displays, the head coach was simply happy to collect another bonus-point win.

“On the road, sometimes it can be tough to assess where you can improve and we had a try disallowed that if it had stood would have seen us score 43 points,” he added.

“We know it could have been better, but it was a potential banana skin that we avoided and we earned another five points.”

With no game this weekend, Wanstead have a chance to rest some players who may have picked up niggles in recent weeks.

And while he would have wanted a game, Wiggins is grateful for another gap in the schedule.

“A week off isn’t the worst thing in the world as some of the players can rest up, but those who had niggles would not have played anyway.”

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