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Rugby Union: Bright start for Wanstead in London Two North East no surprise for head coach David Wiggins

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 September 2017

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

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

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Herons travel to Ipswich on Saturday looking for fourth win in as many matches this season

Wanstead head coach David Wiggins says he is not surprised by his team’s bright start to the new London Two North East Season as they look to make it four wins from four at Ipswich on Saturday.

After winning promotion last term, the Herons have taken to life at a higher level pretty quickly, winning all three games so far and taking bonus points in two of those triumphs.

The Roding Lane North club have taken little time in adjusting to the new league, but Wiggins insists that is down to the squad buying into his tactics early on.

“I’m not shocked by how we’ve started the season, but I am surprised that teams do not seem to be able to work us out — hopefully that carries on until Christmas at least!” said Wiggins.

“Even if they do work it out, the opposition will still have to find a way to defend against it.

“We’ve not got the biggest pack, but we haven’t been beaten up front yet. The reason won we’ve done well is because of our defensive patterns; we’ve defended superbly and won the contact areas.

“Against Sudbury Lewis Pruce won plenty of turnovers at the breakdown and that kills the opposition’s confidence.”

Though they are not likely to need a confidence boost ahead of the weekend, Wanstead will surely have been pleased when taking a glance at Ipswich’s form this term.

With just one win to their name, the Suffolk club have conceded an average of 58 points in their three matches this term.

But Wiggins is wary of the threat Ipswich pose, believing an improved display from the Suffolk side could be just around the corner.

“Ipswich are not in great form at the moment, but you know that something will go right for them, sooner rather than later,” he added.

“Hopefully that doesn’t happen Saturday, and the best way to ensure that is to not let them into the game, like we did against Sudbury.”

Last weekend, Wanstead needed a late Tim Coughlan penalty to secure a victory at home to Sudbury, winning by a score of 35-32 at Roding Lane North.


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