Wiggins admits Wanstead face physical test on opening day
PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 September 2018
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Herons begin new league term at home and will look to get off to good start
Director of rugby David Wiggins believes Wanstead are in for a difficult assignment on the opening day of the new London Two North East season when they entertain South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday.
The first match of the new term pits the Herons, who finished fourth last term, against a Ferrers outfit who have come down from London One North.
It looks set to be a mouth-watering clash between two sides who will be looking to finish in the upper echelons of the table this term.
And Wiggins is aware of the task at hand for the Roding Lane North outfit this weekend.
“South Woodham have come down from a higher level, but we’re expecting a physical game from what we’ve heard,” said Wiggins.
“We understand South Woodham have a big pack and that’s something we’re going to have to manage on Saturday.
“It was only the season before last that South Woodham went up from this level, so they should still know what this league is all about and I expect them to be near the top come the end of the season.”
After finishing fourth last term, Wanstead will look to better that this season by climbing the standings.
And Wiggins knows a win on the opening day will help the Herons set the right tone for the forthcoming campaign.
“Our stated aim for the season is to finish in the top three. You have to set your goals high because if you don’t, you won’t get very far,” he added.
“We know that we have to work hard from this Saturday right through until April if we want to achieve our aim.
“The first part of the season sees us play five weekends in a row before we have a break, so I want us to get to that break having done well.”