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MILLWALL Rugby Club built on their undefeated run this season with a second league victory in the derby match against East London.

After a convincing victory last week the Isle of Dogs side came up against their first genuine test of the season away against their London rivals. East London had also put in a solid performance the week before, winning 70-0, so the stage was set for a top of the table showdown.

First team manager Steve Fleming, who is also one of Millwall’s leading back row forwards, is optimistic about the side’s chances of promotion from Essex Division Two this season.

“Both teams started the game with some fast-paced attacking play, with a few nerves showing as the Millwall backline spurned a couple of easy chances, but eventually we came through strongly. It’s all about fitness,” he said. “It’s an impressive start, and we are getting better with every game. However it’s very early in the season, and we need to keep the momentum to achieve our goal.”

East London were the first to open the scoring, notching up a penalty in front of the posts, but Millwall fly-half Dom Sutherland soon matched that with a penalty of his own, leading to a tense atmosphere.

This status quo did not last too long though and the hard rucking and tackling of the Millwall back row, especially man of the match Daryl Gera, started to open gaps in the home side’s defence.

Adding a dominant scrum to the mix meant that scores were inevitable, and a brace of tries was scored by each of Millwall’s centres, Ben Smith and debutant James Reilly.

A couple of scores towards the end for East London, including one penalty try, restored some parity, but it was Millwall’s day. Late in the second fly-half Sutherland found 2nd row forward Andrew Bates loitering on the wing and fed him a long ball which he capitalised on, fighting through three tacklers to reach the line.

The final flourish came after some slick handling in the backs released winger Chris Copping down the right side of the pitch – a neat sidestep and a touch of raw pace sent him round the back of the East London winger to score under the posts.

This win sees Millwall sitting at the top of the Essex 2 table after two games, having narrowly failed to avoid relegation from Essex 1 at the end of last season.

* Millwall 2nd team, the Llamas, hosted Romford at Victoria Park, winning 52-0, and scoring 10 tries, with Gareth Williams scoring a hat-trick, and Shaf Visram scoring his first try for the club after 35 games.

* The 3rd team were beaten by a strong Upminster 4th side, 34-5, with 3rd team manager Mike Taylor scoring his first Millwall try, and Chris Drake being voted man of the match.

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