Wiggins wants improvement in Wanstead's game management

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 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 lost 24-21 away to Romford & Gidea Park last weekend

David Wiggins wants to see an improvement in Wanstead’s game management when they host Saffron Walden in London Two North East on Saturday.

The Herons go into the game off the back of their first defeat of the season, going down 24-21 away to Romford & Gidea Park last weekend.

Director of rugby Wiggins admitted that result left him with a sense of ‘complete frustration’, but feels he knows where the Roding Lane North club must do better this Saturday.

“We need to improve on our game management as I felt that could have been better against Romford,” said Wiggins.

“We had periods of pressure in good areas close to the line, but we would take the wrong option and the chance would go.

“Game management is something that we’ve been working on in training ahead of the Saffron Walden game.

“We’ve been working hard to remind the boys of the plans we have in place for when we find ourselves in certain situations in a game.”

In losing at Romford, Wanstead were unable to build on their opening-day win over South Woodham Ferrers which saw them claim all five points on offer.

Despite being beaten at Crow Lane last weekend, the Herons were still able to earn a bonus point for losing by less than seven points.

And while he would have rather seen his side triumph at Romford, Wiggins says it is important his side were still able to take something from the game.

“It was vital that we got the losing bonus point and it could be really important come the end of the season,” he added.

“It’s important even now as it keeps us in touch with the early leaders in the division.

“I expect the top of the table to be very close this season, so that losing bonus point could be vital.”

Wiggins also stressed the importance for his team not to start over-thinking about last weekend’s loss.

He said: “The boys know they underperformed, but they can’t start looking for reasons why they did that might not be there.

“They can’t panic and the key is to get back on track as soon as possible.”

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