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Millwall rout Steelers to extend winning run

PUBLISHED: 15:54 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

MILLWALL rugby club continued their dominant start to the Essex Division Two season with a crushing 90-0 demolition of King s Cross Steelers on Saturday. On an afternoon of milestones, full-back Ben Murphy ran in four tries, centres James Reilly and Dan L

MILLWALL rugby club continued their dominant start to the Essex Division Two season with a crushing 90-0 demolition of King's Cross Steelers on Saturday.

On an afternoon of milestones, full-back Ben Murphy ran in four tries, centres James Reilly and Dan Lawrence touched down five times and veteran flanker Ryan Kuleska celebrated a century of appearances for the Isle of Dogs club in front of a packed home crowd at Victoria Park.

The emphatic triumph lifted Milwall to the top of Division Two, but head coach Dave Leftley warned his players that they can not expect such one-sided contests in the coming weeks.

He said: "We can't continue to give away as many penalties as we did in the first half if we want to continue our run in the EDF Cup and stay on top of the league."

Yet Millwall were rarely troubled on this occasion and after winning the toss and making the brave decision to run into a strong wind to start, it took just four minutes for Murphy to touch down for the first of his four individual scores.

The Steelers battled hard during the opening period but strong play by Millwall's loose forwards allowed fly-half Dom Sutherland and the back-line to run riot.

Despite giving away 14 penalties before half-time and later losing Daryl Gera to the sin bin following a late tackle, Millwall continued to cross the line with ease until the final whistle as the Steelers were put to the sword.

Millwall's second team also recorded a 27-25 win against Maldon last weekend, with Chris Copping kicking the winning conversion with just seconds remaining.


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