Rugby Union: Wanstead want to avenge last season’s loss to West Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 September 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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Roding Lane North club don’t want a repeat of last year’s thrashing

Director of Rugby James Reyburn has revenge on his mind as Wanstead prepare to entertain West Norfolk in London Three North East action on Saturday.

When the Herons last welcomed West Norfolk to Roding Lane North, they suffered a disappointing 67-17 loss in December 2015.

And though nearly 10 months have passed since then, it seems that result still stings Reyburn and Wanstead, who will want to continue their perfect start to the new season with a fourth straight win this weekend.

“West Norfolk embarrassed us at home last season and though there has been some change to our squad since then, it’s something we want to put right,” said Reyburn.

“They are a team who went close to promotion last season and they’ll be strong again this season, but they are the kind of team we need to beat if we want to be successful.”

Wanstead made it three wins in a row last time out with a crushing 88-0 success at Lowestoft, the club’s biggest-ever win in the league.

Ernie Lisauskas crossed for four tries, while Jack Quirk was able to grab himself a hat-trick in what was a dominant Herons display.

And Reyburn was thrilled to be toasting such a big success on the way back from one of the longest away days of the season.

“We went there off the back of a brilliant start to the season, but knew we had to take it one game at a time against a side who have been good in recent years,” he added.

“We did really well and to put almost 100 points on them was great, especially after not scoring as many as we could have against Basildon and Ilford in recent weeks.”

Last weekend’s win sees Wanstead sit at the top of the table with the maximum 15 points after three games, two clear of Southwold.

And with the Herons celebrating their 125th anniversary this season, Reyburn believes they have shown they could crown it in fine style by winning the London Three North East title.

“We said in pre-season our aim was promotion and that we could win the league title. There are small goals to target along the way, but the long-term aim, as it has been for the past few seasons, is to go up,” he said.

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