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Rugby Union: Break will not check Wanstead’s momentum, says head coach James Reyburn

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 February 2017

Action from Wanstead's win over Harlow in London Three North East (pic: Martin Curry)

Action from Wanstead's win over Harlow in London Three North East (pic: Martin Curry)

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Herons without a game until March 4 after beating London Three North East title rivals Harlow last weekend

Wanstead head coach James Reyburn insists his squad will not lose focus in the race for the London Three North East title, despite being without a game this weekend.

The Herons moved to the top of the standings last Saturday with an impressive 31-12 success at home to title rivals Harlow, who dropped to second.

It was a ninth straight success for the Roding Lane North club who now do not play again until March 4, but Reyburn is confident their momentum will not be checked.

“The boys all remain fully focussed on the task at hand and know we have to keep training well before putting it all into practice on the pitch,” he said.

“Against Harlow, I felt we left a couple of tries out there, so we’ll look at that in training, and we will focus on the set-piece too.

“It’s all about working hard in training for the Upminster game, and once that’s done, then the next match.”

Wanstead ran in five tries against Harlow last weekend, with Mike Rugeley responsible for two of those, as well as adding a couple of conversions.

Nick Luxmoore, Tim Coughlan and Tom Bean also crossed the whitewash for the Herons as they claimed maximum points against their nearest title challengers.

It was a victory which pleased Reyburn no end, not least because of complete the performance was from the Roding Lane North outfit.

“It was a brilliant win and one we needed, but the fact it was comprehensive was really pleasing,” he added.

“Early on, it was evident Harlow looked to target out back three, but we wanted to play rugby and got in behind a couple of times, but we were not clinical enough.

“With the wind in our favour in the second half, we wanted to move Harlow around a bit more and ultimately our fitness paid off.”

With no game until March 4 when they host Upminster, the Wanstead first team can enjoy a Saturday off this weekend.

Reyburn hopes the break will see his squad recover from any niggles and knocks they might have picked up in the win over Harlow.

But he also stressed that once the boys return to action the following Saturday, then it is straight back to business in their search for the title.

“The game against Harlow was a bruising and physical clash, so at least we can give the boys a break with this weekend off.

“There are four games left for us between now and the end of the season and I feel it is still a three-way battle for promotion.

“The match against East London will be a hugely important one for us, but we have to play Upminster first.”


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