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Rugby Union: David Wiggins knows big game lies ahead for Wanstead when Norwich visit in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 18:30 03 November 2017

Wanstead score a try against Old Cooperians in their London Two North East game (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wanstead score a try against Old Cooperians in their London Two North East game (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons, currently second, host third-placed Norwich on Saturday

It looks set to be a big game in London Two North East at Roding Lane North on Saturday when Wanstead, currently second, host third-placed Norwich.

With early leaders Rochford already five points clear at the top, victory this weekend looks imperative if either the Herons or Norwich have designs of winning the title.

Wanstead will be confident having won their last two matches following their only defeat of the season so far, which came away to Rochford.

But head coach David Wiggins is fully aware of the importance of Saturday’s clash at home to Norwich.

“It’s a big game for both sides and I’ve told the boys it will be a big test for us,” he said.

“We have some things to work on in training from the last game, but I’ll still be saying that in April because I know we can keep improving.

“We’re back at home and it’s a big game for both sides, so hopefully we can raise our game for it.”

Last weekend saw Wanstead edge past Old Cooperians in a 27-23 win away from home, but after the game Wiggins admitted his side could play better.

It is the mark of a good team to not play well and still win, but the head coach knows displays will have to pick up sooner rather than later.

“It’s an OK situation to be in because it’s good and bad, but playing badly and winning is not something that lasts forever,” added Wiggins, who is in his first season with Wanstead.

“You don’t want too many games where you’re not playing well and you win, because at some point you won’t win.”

Wanstead’s opponents on Saturday Norwich face a two-hour trip of roughly 110 miles before the game just to get to Roding Lane North.

But Wiggins was quick to bat away any suggestions the journey could make Norwich tired, adding he expects they have done all they can to limit the impact.

“I’m sure Norwich will be suitably prepared for the game and if it was us, I know I’d be doing everything to make sure our preparations for the trip were the best,” he said.

“I won’t read much into whether or not tiredness from the journey will affect them and teams who are near the top of the table generally don’t struggle on their travels.”

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