Wiggins happy Wanstead have the weekend off

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 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 beat Basildon 22-0 last Saturday, but are now without a game until October 20

David Wiggins says it is important for Wanstead to take a week off from action after an intense start to the new London Two North East term.

The Roding Lane North club are without a game this weekend, having opted not to enter the RFU Senior Vase and with no league fixture scheduled.

It leaves the Herons with a blank weekend after beating Basildon 22-0 away from home in the league last Saturday.

With five games gone, Wanstead are already over a fifth of the way through the term and sit fourth in the table.

And after a gruelling start to the new campaign, director of rugby Wiggins is grateful for the rest the Herons will receive before hosting Harlow on October 20.

“We need to have a weekend off so that all of us at the club can take stock of how the season has gone so far, and to start preparing for the next run of matches,” he said.

“I don’t want momentum to drift after winning our last two games, so I’m keen to keep the boys together as much as possible ahead of our next game.

“We’ll be doing things in training to keep the boys in a good mood and get ourselves in the best possible shape to face Harlow.”

Against Basildon last weekend, tries from Lewis Pruce, Max Catmur-Hill, Josh Mickleburgh and Bradley Reece saw Wanstead triumph on the road.

Much like their victory at home to Cantabrigians the week before, the Herons had to improve in the second half to win after the sides had gone into the break with the game scoreless.

The weather on Saturday made it difficult for both teams, but Wiggins was happy the Roding Lane North club eventually pulled away from Basildon to triumph.

“Conditions were awful; it was hammering it down with rain and very cold, so we had to dig deep to win,” he added.

“Like I said about Cantabrigians the week before, I’m surprised Basildon are as low as they are because they were hard to break down.

“We’re pleased with the win because we knew it was a potential banana skin and thankfully we avoided a slip-up.”

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