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Your News Millwall 33 - Stanford le Hope 8

MILLWALL Rugby Club started their cup campaign with a bruising win over Stanford Le Hope in the Essex President’s Shield at the weekend (Aug 30).

The club are hoping to reclaim the title which they won two seasons ago and they made a good start by winning their opening encounter away at Essex Division Three side Stanford.

“It’s a fantastic start to the season for us but it is no less than we are demanding and it is only the beginning of our campaign,” said Millwall spokesman Tan Parsons. “Cup games are always hugely competitive and this one was no different. Stanford came on very hard and aggressive from the beginning and gave us a good run for our money.”

A strong wind dictated play for the whole of the match and the Isle of Dogs men were pinned back in their own side of the pitch for much of the first half. Despite threatening to breach Stanford’s line early on Millwall were not able to convert pressure into points and the home team took advantage of the breeze, pegging Millwall back and racking up an unconverted try and a penalty, giving them a lead of 8-0 which they took into the break.

But with the wind behind them Millwall started to dominate in the second half and their superior fitness began to tell against a tiring Stanford pack.

When the ball was moved wide through the hands of the Millwall backs they started to score points, with tries coming for winger Nick Tiffin, a brace for fullback Ben Smith and a touch down against the post for fly-half Dom Sutherland.

Millwall’s man of the match was number eight Victor Okpevba, who played a key role in winning quick ball for the visitors. In the backs outside centre Dan Lawrence played a superb game, scoring a try and creating two more with fast breaks and some crisp passing.

“We may have won this match but there is no room for complacency,” added Parsons. “We need to up the intensity and carry on this streak straight into the league matches which begin this month. We want to get promoted back to Essex Division One this season and we need to make sure winning becomes a habit.”

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