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London 2NE: Wanstead 42 Harlow 21

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 September 2017

A new rugby season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A new rugby season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Wanstead coach David Wiggins praised his side’s second-half showing as they turned the game on its head to beat Harlow in their London Two North East opener at the weekend.

The Herons were trailing 21-7 at half time, but were able to dominate the second period and storm to a welcome victory against the side which just beaten them to the Three North East title last season.

“We were 21-7 down at half time and we got together at half time and we had a chat, but I asked the players a question: ‘Do you think this is going to be a game you will lose?’ and the response was no so I said: ‘Well this is what we need to do’ and they did exactly that,” said Wiggins.

“We made mistakes in the first half, but we put them right in the second so we were very pleased with that.

“We had to dig deep at times and show some character and I can see some green shoots for the future.”

Wiggins was particularly pleased to come out on top, having been edged out by Harlow in their bid for the league title last term.

“You have to remember they won the league last season and I did point that out to the players. ‘These guys won the league and you didn’t’ so this is a good win for us,” he added.

“We have got to work hard and keep doing what we are doing, though, and though it is a good start we cannot get carried away.

“What we have spoken about in training and put in practice looks like it is going to work and we now need to keep that up.”

This weekend sees the Herons make the short trip to face Epping Upper Clapton, who began their season with a 33-22 loss at Ipswich.


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