Rugby Union: Six Nations causes selection problems for Wanstead head coach David Wiggins ahead of trip to Norwich in London Two North East
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 March 2018
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Wanstead head coach David Wiggins admits he will have some selection dilemmas for Saturday’s trip to Norwich in London Two North East.
The game is a rearranged tie, with the initial date falling foul of the cold weather earlier this month.
The game will now take place this Saturday, which had been left as a blank weekend in the fixture list.
That was in part because the final round of Six Nations matches are also due to take place on Saturday.
Wanstead will not be alone in having players unavailable this weekend because they are watching Six Nations games, and Wiggins says the situation is one the Herons have to accept and get on with.
“It will be difficult on Saturday as players have already made plans because they thought it would be a free weekend,” he said.
“It will have an impact on who we can select, but that is something we will have to get on with and I’m sure it’s the same for most clubs.
“We’ll pick our strongest side available and know it is a challenge that we will have to take on.”
Saturday’s game looks like it could go a long way to deciding who will this season finish third, with Wanstead currently occupying that position and Norwich in fourth.
The Herons at present enjoy a seven-point lead over their hosts this weekend, so will remain third regardless of the result, and Wiggins knows the Roding Lane North club remain masters of their own fate.
“If the worst does happen on Saturday and we lose, we will still have a lead over Norwich in the table and it will still be in our hands to finish third,” he added.
“The situation this weekend is something we have to deal with, and once it’s over, we can focus on the rest of our games this season.”
Wanstead picked up a 31-24 victory at home to Chelmsford last weekend, with tries from Lewis Pruce (2), Joe Jones and Sean Jones, and Wiggins was pleased to return to winning ways.
“We showed a bit of ring rust early on, but we spoke at half time, when we were 19-12 down, about what we needed to do and I’m pleased we dug deep to win,” he said.