Search

Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins says weekend off will benefit London Two North East club

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2017

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

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

Archant

Herons have not entered RFU Intermediate Cup, leaving them without a game on Saturday

While many of their London Two North East rivals have RFU Intermediate Cup games to prepare for on Saturday, Wanstead can look forward to a weekend off.

The Herons have taken the decision not to enter the tournament this season, leaving them without a first-team fixture this weekend.

And head coach David Wiggins is certain that not entering the competition was the right decision, believing it is key his players have some time away from playing.

“It’s important for us to have a rest at we’ve been at it since July,” said Wiggins.

“If we did have a cup game this weekend, we would have struggled as we have a few niggly injuries in the squad.

“When it comes to entering cup competitions, you have to ask yourself if you can win it, or would you be better served by having a break? It’s not being defeatist, it’s being realistic.

“We’re still entered in the Essex Cup and feel we have a better chance of winning that.”

Last weekend saw Wanstead lose a league game for the first time in almost a year as they went down 42-7 at home to leaders Rochford in London Two North East.

Flanker Joe Jones crossed for the only try for the Herons, who went into the game having won all of their previous four league matches this term.

It was a setback for the Roding Lane North club after a bright start to the term, but Wiggins had no qualms in admitting his team were beaten by the better side.

“Rochford are the best team we’ve faced all season. You know a good team because they do the simple well,” he added.

“We didn’t function at the set piece in that game, which always makes it hard to do well.”

Without a game for two weeks, there will be the chance that Wanstead players could think too much about the Rochford loss, but Wiggins knows his players must move on quickly.

He added: “Rochford were more accurate than us on the day, so we have to accept that and move on.

“There are still 17 league games left this season and I’ve told the boys not to beat themselves up about as Rochford will be up there.”

Latest Ilford Stories

First-half goals from Snodgrass and Antonio settle matters for Hammers

Yesterday, 19:00

The 48-year-old discussed the 4-0 victory over Beaconsfield Town and the future of top goalscorer Macauley Bonne

FA Trophy first round: Leyton Orient 4 Beaconsfield Town 0

FA Trophy: Ebbsfleet United 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Christmas, the time of year when we are pressured to buy things no one wants for people we don’t want to buy for at prices we’re not happy with.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 09:00

Charlie Lee will hope to make his first O’s appearance since the 3-1 win at AFC Fylde on November 3

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory – more than 2,100 years ago – of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land and its people in darkness.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now