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Rugby Union: Unbeaten Wanstead still looking to improve at Ely

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 October 2016

The new rugby season has just begun (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

The new rugby season has just begun (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Wanstead director of rugby James Reyburn insists there is still room for improvement ahead of Saturday’s trip to Ely in London Three North East, despite putting 78 points past West Norfolk last time out.

The Herons lead the way in the table with a perfect record of four wins from four so far following a 78-27 success against West Norfolk last weekend.

So far, the Roding Lane North club have racked up 233 points – 89 more than Upminster from one more outing.

Wanstead will want another big score against Ely this weekend, though that may prove difficult with their hosts having only conceded 74 points in their four games to date.

But despite their bright start to the new season, Reyburn believes the Herons can still do even better.

“There is still room for improvement as some over-expansive and sloppy play at times allowed West Norfolk some consolation scores in the second half,” Reyburn told the club’s website.

“With some important games coming up, the squad will go back to the training pitch this week confident, but focused on preparation for a tough trip to Ely this Saturday.”

Skipper Jayke Arkell, Lewis Pruce and Michael Rugeley were among those to dot down for Wanstead in the first half as they quickly wrapped up the bonus point against West Norfolk, before the visitors rallied after the break.

And Reyburn believes the emphatic win was down to how well the team performed up front.

“The pack, in particular the front row of Sean Jones, Alan Geary, Robby Dale and Jack Handley, must be highlighted for being so dominant in the set-piece and laying a solid platform for the back-row and backs to run riot,” he added.

“The back row of Joe Jones, Scott Bird and Jayke Arkell were uncompromising and coupled with their smart interplay with the backs were a constant threat all afternoon.”


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