Rugby Union: Head coach David Wiggins calls on Wanstead to avoid being complacent against Old Cooperians in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 15 February 2018

A Wanstead player carries the ball forward earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Wanstead player carries the ball forward earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons entertain division’s bottom club this weekend

Wanstead head coach David Wiggins has warned his squad against complacency ahead of hosting London Two North East bottom club Old Cooperians on Saturday.

The Herons, who are currently third in the table, welcome the Upminster club, who prop up the standings, this weekend.

On paper, it looks like a match the Roding Lane North club should win, but Wiggins pointed to two examples from professional sport over the weekend that highlight his belief that anything can happen.

“I’m sure Manchester United thought they’d beat Newcastle United in the Premier League and Exeter Chiefs thought they’d beat Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership, but they both lost,” he said.

“We just about beat Old Cooperians at their place in October; we didn’t play well that day, but it will still serve as a reminder to us as to what they are capable of.

“We’ve only lost one game at home all season and if we continue to work hard, that run should continue this weekend.”

Coops have endured a sticky run of form in 2018, winning just one of their five games in all competitions so far this calendar year.

Their form in the league has seen them drop to third, behind Sudbury, but Wiggins says it is still all to play for in the battle to reach the play-offs.

“We’re only five points back from Sudbury and we know that anything can happen,” he added.

“The aim for us is to put as much pressure as we can on the teams around us in the table.

“We have a big game at Norwich in a couple of weeks, but we’ll worry about that in due course and for now the focus is on Old Cooperians.”

Last weekend saw Wanstead lost 18-5 at Harlow in the Essex Intermediate Cup semi-finals and Wiggins admits it was a difficult match for the club as they missed out on a final place.

“We had a mixed side out last weekend with players away for different reasons and that didn’t help with continuity,” he said.

“It was a game that got away from us unfortunately and conditions weren’t great.”

Wanstead will hope their clash with Cooperians brings about a change in fortunes.


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