Rugby: Millwall 3 Kings Cross Steelers 27
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 September 2018
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Millwall suffered a second consecutive defeat in the London 3 Essex as they fell to a 27-3 defeat to Kings Cross Steelers on the weekend.
They hosted Kings Cross Steelers this Saturday, hoping to put right the many wrongs that had been highlighted the previous week against Braintree.
As Steelers had been promoted to the league and with some familiar faces returning Millwall had targeted this game as a must win.
However, following a positive opening thirty seconds for Millwall, it was Steelers who were in charge. Wave after wave of attack ran against Millwall’s defence and it was only some last ditch try-line defence that kept out the visitors.
Millwall’s basics let them down and some inexcusable defence allowed Steeler’s 10 to break through the defence on more than one occasion.
One such break, followed by quick phases from the forwards led to space being left out wide for the 13 to slide under the posts to make it 7-0.
Following some positive running from Alex Lami and Eoin McCabe, Millwall managed to pull 3 back just before the break through a Rio Cooper penalty and considered themselves rather lucky to be just four down at half-time.
Steelers started the second half exactly where they had left off.
A five metre scrum allowed them to once again exert their dominance over the Millwall pack, for the ball to be whipped out to the winger to score in the corner. To make matters worse, Ollie Jardine managed to get himself binned for a high tackle whilst trying to stop the try.
The next ten minutes only allowed Steelers to dig their heels in and two more quick tries ensured the game got away from Millwall.
The final ten minutes was a comedy of errors on behalf of Millwall’s backs.
Firstly, the ball dribbled through the legs of one player to allow Steeler’s another score, before a catastrophic moment of miscommunication ensured the ball was passed to a flying Steeler to score at the final whistle.
Millwall are going to have to dig deep if they are going to get out of this rut.
Coach Matt Watts said: “Another tough game for the first team in a game, that in all honesty, we were expecting to win.
“Some promising signs early on were undone by lack of parity at the set piece.
“Without a strong platform to play from, we had little possession to see the improvements in attack that we worked so hard on in training this week.
“Plenty to work on going forwards and we look forward to the next challenge against Chelmsford on Saturday.”