Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins admits team had to dig deep for London Two North East win at Cantabrigians

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 March 2018

A Wanstead player carries the ball forward earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Wanstead player carries the ball forward earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons recorded a 29-17 away win in the league last Saturday

Wanstead head coach David Wiggins was happy to see his team return to winning ways in London Two North East with a 29-17 triumph at Cantabrigians.

The Herons had conceded their last game to Norwich the week before owing to a lack of player availability, but returned to action with a win at Cantabs.

With the hosts still battling to stay up, the margin of victory was perhaps closer than some might have expected.

But Wiggins was happy to see his team triumph on the road for the first time in 2018.

“We had to dig deep for the win. It was a good game of rugby from both sides,” he said.

“From their point of view, Cantabrigians are at the wrong end of the table, which can focus their minds sometimes.

“It was a physical match, but we stood up well to the challenge to get the win.

“We knew we’d be under pressure at the scrum, but what we’d implemented to stop that worked well.

“We looked to keep away from that situation as much as possible, and the backs did well when they got the ball.”

Wanstead were able to hand a first-team debut to 18-year-old Damien Remias in the win at Cantabrigians.

And Wiggins was thrilled the club were able to reward the teenager for his displays with their Colts side this season.

“It’s great the club are in a position to be able to promote younger players and Damien was there on merit; he played well,” added Wiggins.

Victory over Cantabrigians allowed Wanstead to remain third place in the standings in London Two North East.

However, the Herons still only have a slender two-point advantage over Norwich, who are fourth.

With just two games left in the season, the Roding Lane North club still hold the cards in the race for third.

And Wiggins believes if Wanstead can stay there, it will be a remarkable achievement.

“For us, to finish third after being promoted last season would be great and we’re on track for that,” he said.

“Both ourselves and Norwich have two games remaining, but they are two difficult games for Noriwch.”

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