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Lions roar in Stanford demolition

PUBLISHED: 15:16 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

MILLWALL S Under-16 team recorded their first ever back-to-back victory with a 41-0 thrashing of Stanford at Millwall Park on Sunday. In a match viewed as an early test of the Lions ability to compete in the Essex League next season, Millwall passed with

MILLWALL'S Under-16 team recorded their first ever back-to-back victory with a 41-0 thrashing of Stanford at Millwall Park on Sunday.

In a match viewed as an early test of the Lions' ability to compete in the Essex League next season, Millwall passed with flying colours.

The Lions demolished sorry Stanford, running in seven tries without reply in a dominant display.

Captain Oliver Jardine, who posted a personal tally of 11 points, believes the win is evidence of the team's progress over the season.

"We were ecstatic with our performance last time, but to be able to back it up today with a big victory over an established team like Stanford is a good indicator of how much we have improved," said Jardine.

"Our coaches have instilled a good work ethic and discipline in us and I think that is showing with our performance on the pitch."

Jardine took control of the contest from the outset, steering his side around the park with precision kicking and strong running.

Centre Freddee Lewis opened the scoring, stripping the ball from his opposite number and running away to score under the posts.

Jardine converted for a 7-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Prop David Hayward carried three Stanford defenders over the line following a barnstorming run five minutes later.

Jardine again extended the lead with a conversion before making a superb dash up the middle to send his team into the break with a 19-0 lead.

The second half began with prop Ashfaq Uddin running through some feeble tackling to touch down in the corner, and lock Jamie Walker stretched the advantage further when he used an overlap to dive under the posts.

Jack Rowland soon got into the action, picking up a fumbled pass on the Millwall line and racing the length of the field untouched to score.

Rowland's try was followed by a charging run from full-back Charlie Brennand, who dodged would-be tacklers with ease before touching down, and Jardine sealed the triumph with the conversion.

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