Millwall thrash rivals Burnham

PUBLISHED: 14:01 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Millwall Rugby Club began their campaign for promotion with a comprehensive 83-15 demolition of league rivals Burnham-On-Crouch.

Millwall Rugby Club began their campaign for promotion with a comprehensive 83-15 demolition of league rivals Burnham-On-Crouch on Saturday.

Games between the two clubs have traditionally been close affairs but Millwall's well-drilled backline and powerful forwards were too much for their Essex Division Two rivals.

Millwall coach Dave Leftley was particularly impressed by the efforts of the forwards. He said: "When the engine room is firing it sets the perfect platform for the backs to do their job.

"It was a big scoreline today and it showed what your team can do when the forwards are making big plays."

With a strong Millwall pack securing clean ball, the backs were able to run riot. Fly-half Dom Sutherland orchestrated some well-worked moves and centre Dan Lawrence picked up his second hat-trick in as many weeks.

Outside backs Ben Smith and Roberto Pescador also touched down twice each.

Millwall were well prepared for the opening encounter and with the new coach David Mooney lending his expertise to the backline, a strong season appears on the cards for the Isle of Dogs club.

The club also enjoyed victory in their other games with the Llamas emerging victorious away at South Woodham Ferrers and the third team also winning.

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