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Millwall 40 - Bishop's Stortford 3rd XV 24

MILLWALL Rugby Club made it three wins from three matches on Saturday (September 6) in their final warm up match of the season.

The Isle of Dogs side travelled to Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire where they took the scalp of the Stortford's third team by 40 points to 24. It was the club's final game before opening their league campaign against Burnham on Crouch this Saturday (Sept 13), and the latest victory could not have come at a better time.

"Winning games is all about momentum and it was vital to take a string of victories into our opening league fixture," said Millwall's Tan Parsons. "I'm very pleased we are undefeated at this point of the season but our next game is when we have to make it count. It is really important we use this win as a starting point for our league campaign, but we also have to learn from the mistakes we made in the match. We have to be faster to the breakdown and work in tighter units to win the ball quickly."

The first quarter of the match saw something of a stalemate, with the more powerful Millwall team unable to find answers against Stortford's tightly organised rucking and mauling. The home side's granite-like resistance proved an effective bludgeoning weapon against the Millwall pack, however, and they opened the scoring with a determined run from the backs after turning over quick ball on the Millwall 22 yard line.

After the early warning shot, the Essex side responded, exploiting Stortford's stagnant defensive line in the backs. They span the ball wide to the wings and blew past some soggy tackling to touch down three times in a row without answer. Although Stortford came back valiantly with two more converted tries and a penalty, they could not cope with Millwall's pace out wide and were soon cut out of the game by some electric breaks from the visitors' outside players.

"It worked very well for us on this occasion but there will be other games where we may need to take a more pragmatic approach and punch holes through the middle of the pitch first," added Parsons. "It was a good outing and there is an excellent team spirit developing this season. We know what we have to do to win the league and we will not be taking any backward steps."

Millwall's man of the match was outside centre Dan Lawrence who bossed the midfield, scoring a hat trick of tries to help secure the victory.

* Elswhere in the club the Llamas (Millwall's 2nd XV) won by 30 points to 12 against Old Street

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