Wiggins insists plans are in place for Wanstead to avoid repeat of second-half slump
PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 August 2018
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In an article from our ‘Engage’ supplement, Wanstead director of rugby David Wiggins previews the new London Two North East season
David Wiggins says Wanstead are keen to avoid a repeat of their disappointing end to the last London Two North East season ahead of the start of the new campaign, writes Ned Keating.
After winning promotion in 2016/17, the Herons started last term in fine form and won 11 of their opening 12 fixtures to sit second by Christmas.
However, a run of just four wins from their last 10 games after returning from the festive break saw the Roding Lane North club fall out of the running for promotion.
Wanstead still finished last season in fifth, a respectable position after winning promotion the season before.
But if the Herons make another bright start to the new term, Wiggins says plans are in place to ensure they carry that form through until the end of the season.
“Our problem last season was that we went off the boil after Christmas,” admitted the director of rugby.
“We’re striving to ensure that does not happen again this season and we’ve put plans in place to that end.”
As for what Wanstead are looking to achieve this season, Wiggins insists it is all about improvement.
With last season’s runaway champions Rochford Hundred gone from the division, it looks like the battle for the title could be a lot closer this term.
After finishing in the top half last term, the Herons may well be among those clubs looking to challenge for top spot this season.
But Wiggins was coy about whether the Roding Lane North club were actively targeting promotion, instead saying they were just looking to do better than last term.
“Our stated aim last season was to finish in the top five and we achieved that; this year, we’re looking at the top three and anything above that would be great,” he added.
“It’s all well and good saying that you’re chasing promotion, but you have to be in a position to be able to sustain your place at a higher level if you do go up.
“We know we still have to build our assets, such as our player base and our game plan, for that to happen.
“The boys have developed well over the past 12 months, but we could perhaps do with a little more bulk in the back five like all clubs at this level.”
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