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Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins excited for London Two North East clash with Rochford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 October 2017

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

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

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Herons host Rochford in meeting of division’s only two unbeaten sides

Wanstead host Rochford on Saturday in a clash of the only two teams with perfect records in London Two North East.

Both the Herons and their visitors this weekend have taken the maximum 20 points available from the first four games of the season — winning all of their games and scoring at least four tries in each success.

At least one of those perfect records will fall by the wayside this weekend, though, as the clubs currently in first and second meet at Roding Lane North.

But Wanstead head coach David Wiggins appears fairly confident his team will be the one to make it five wins from five by beating Rochford on Saturday.

“People might look at it like we have a hard game against Rochford, but I look at it as Rochford have a tough game against us,” he said.

“We’ve matched everyone we’ve played up front this season and there’s no reason why we can’t carry that on this weekend.”

Following Saturday’s clash at home to Rochford, the league takes a break before returning on October 21, when the Herons host Romford.

Whoever triumphs at Roding Lane North on Saturday, then, will sit pretty at the top for at least a couple of weeks, which Wiggins says will be extra motivation for both teams.

“The prize for both teams on Saturday will be that they know they will be top with a win,” he added.

“After the Rochford game, we’ll go two weeks without a game, but I feel that rest is just as important as playing and it will help us in the long run.”

Last weekend, Wanstead triumphed 39-24 away to Ipswich, but Wiggins was not happy with his team’s display and he feels there is plenty of room for improvement this weekend.

“They say good teams win despite not playing well, but I’ve always been a bit suspicious about that,” he said.

“We can only play what’s in front of us, but we’ve analysed the Ipswich game and worked on where we think we can improve.”

Wiggins will want Wanstead to show those improvements this Saturday.


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