Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins happy with London Two North East season, but knows work lies ahead

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 April 2018

A Wanstead player touches down against Woodford at Highams in December (pic David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Wanstead player touches down against Woodford at Highams in December (pic David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons finished season in fourth place after final day win at Harlow

Head coach David Wiggins believes Wanstead had a successful first season in London Two North East, but knows the areas where the team must improve next term.

After winning promotion from London Three North East last time, the Herons ended the current campaign in fourth place in the table.

For much of the term, the Roding Lane North side looked to be challenging for a play-off place to win promotion to London One North, but a run of just four wins from their final 10 matches put paid to those chances.

Regardless, there are still plenty of positives for Wanstead to take from the campaign, but Wiggins acknowledges there is lots of work ahead for the team over the summer.

“We achieved our aim at the start of the season, but when we look at the statistics, we know there is room for improvement,” he said.

“If you take out the game at Norwich that we conceded, we only lost five times on the pitch — three times to the top two (Rochford Hundred and Subdury) and twice to teams who were in the relegation zone at the time (Old Cooperians and Woodford).

“We know there are areas we need to tighten, but this season has been a good platform for us to build on going forward.”

Wanstead ended the campaign with a 29-24 victory away to Harlow, collecting all five points for their efforts.

It was a fantastic way for the Herons to bring the curtain down on the season before taking a break over the next couple of months.

And Wiggins was happy with the way his team performed in the their last game of the campaign.

“It was an exciting game for the neutral and it was quite end-to-end at times,” added Wiggins, who will take on the title of ‘head of rugby’ with Wanstead next season.

“I did say to the players at half time that we were there to win, which we did in the end, so it was an enjoyable match and day for us.”

The win was certainly a great way for Wanstead to end the season, and Wiggins will hope that it has given his side a platform for which to start from when they return for pre-season training.

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