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Wiggins looking forward to Wanstead’s return to action

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 18 October 2018

Wanstead in action last season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

Wanstead in action last season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons had last weekend off from league action

David Wiggins is unsure how the contrast in preparations between his Wanstead side and Harlow will impact Saturday’s meeting between the sides in London Two North East.

With no league matches scheduled, the Herons were able to rest up after having last Saturday off.

While the Roding Lane North club were enjoying their Saturday off, Harlow were busy beating London Three Essex side Campion in the Essex Intermediate Cup.

Wanstead director of rugby Wiggins says he is unsure of the affect on Harlow of playing last weekend, but was nonetheless happy his Herons had the week off.

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to have a rest. We chose not to enter the cups this year to ensure the players can have a chance to properly recover,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll see the benefit of that on Saturday and we’re taking nothing for granted against Harlow.

“It was a good week of ‘active rest’ for the players. We knew what we needed to work on and the players are looking forward to getting back out on the pitch.”

The break in the fixture list will also have allowed Wanstead a chance to reflect on their start to the new term.

The Herons head into this weekend sitting fourth with three wins from five games this term, and Wiggins says his side are exactly where he wants them to be.

“With the break, we were able to look back on what I called ‘competition phase one’ and see whether we had hit our targets,” he added.

“Our aims were to win with a bonus point in three of our first five matches, not let anyone gain a bonus-point against us, not to give away more than five kickable penalties per game and to be in the top five — we’ve achieved all of those.

“The aims for the next period taking us up to Christmas are similar, only I want us to be in the top three by then.

“I think our aims are realistic and they will be more demanding as the season goes on, as it should be if you want to be successful.”

Wiggins will hope Wanstead begin ‘phase two’ by getting the better of Harlow when they meet at Roding Lane North on Saturday.

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