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Millwall strengthen grip on promotion

PUBLISHED: 16:23 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

MILLWALL rugby club extended their unbeaten run in Essex Division Two following a crushing 32-0 victory over east London rivals May and Baker on Saturday. The Isle of Dogs team travelled away to Dagenham, where their opponents were previously unbeaten thi

MILLWALL rugby club extended their unbeaten run in Essex Division Two following a crushing 32-0 victory over east London rivals May and Baker on Saturday.

The Isle of Dogs team travelled away to Dagenham, where their opponents were previously unbeaten this season, and overcame an older and heavier pack to record a runaway victory that strengthens their hold on a promotion place.

In a physical encounter, centre Tan Parsons touched down twice as Millwall ran in six tries in an impressive display of backline play.

Millwall coach Dave Leftley said: "That was a good showing by our lads. There is still a lot we could do better, like communicating at the breakdown, but that performance wasn't bad.

"There is a long way to go and we are going to work doubly hard to make sure we get to where we want to be from now until the end of the season."

Both teams had opportunities to score in the opening stages but Millwall made the first breakthrough when No 8 Gerrie van Eeden crossed over in the right corner.

Parsons added a second minutes later, side-stepping his tackler on the 22-yard line and dashing for the line. Though he was hauled down five yards short, he scrambled free to touch down under the posts.

The Millwall centre grabbed his second try shortly before half-time when he outran the covering defenders to cross the line in the left corner following a sweeping move.

Millwall pushed home their advantage after the break as their young, mobile pack seized the initiative and fit-again centre Louis Newton broke through several tackles to set up a try for stand-in fly-half Dan Lawrence.

Naz Mohammed was next to open his account as the Millwall winger took advantage of quick ruck ball to scoot around the fringes and score in the right corner before replacement scrum half Olly Lowis scored with his first touch of the ball, following a break from flanker Drew Benjamin.

Millwall take on Ilford in the Essex President's Shield competition on Saturday.

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