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Your News Millwall 36 - Watford 5

MILLWALL opened their campaign in the EDF Energy Junior Vase competition with a resounding win over Watford (September 27).

The Isle of Dogs side built on their good form this season, which has seen them put up big scores against their opponents in Essex Division II, and they are still undefeated.

Millwall coach Dave Leftley said: "I was satisfied with the team’s win. We could have put more points up through dominating possession and territory throughout the game, but we sometimes rushed ourselves and that is where mistakes crept in.

"But overall it was a good performance all-round from all fifteen as well as the reserves."

Captain for the day, Ben Smith, and pack-leader Tim Bond both agreed that the team played well and the tight five set the platform for the valuable away win.

The bulk of the six tries that Millwall managed to put up against their opponents came from good clean ball from all phases of play combined with excellent handling.

"The team produced good offloads in contact situations and some excellent shows of pace by both forwards and backs," said man of the match, Millwall's number eight Gerrie van Eeden.

"Watford got their own back by giving us stiff opposition in the rucks and mauls. They capitalised on a penalty 15 metres out and scored through an individual forward drive and some slack tackling on our part. But luckily for us, that was as close as they came to scoring for the rest of the game."

Millwall dominated the set phases, stealing and disrupting the opposition’s line-outs and pushing them off their own put-ins in the scrums.

Ball won against the head provided the opportunity for the third of open-side flanker Drew Benjamin’s hat trick. Scrum half Adam Brook picked up the ball and broke free down the blindside with good support play from van Eeden. The hulking number eight offloaded to Benjamin who scored after brushing off the last of the defenders.

The fourth try came on the stroke of half time with winger Roberto Pescador touching down in the corner after some excellent interplay with almost all 15 Millwall players handling the ball from a pick up at the base of the scrum. This made the score 24 – 5 at the break.

Outside centre Ben Smith showed excellent pace to get around the outside backs of Watford for both of his tries, one in each half.

Scorers: Drew Benjamin (3 tries), Ben Smith (2 tries), Roberto Pescador (1 try), Adam Brook (2 conversions) and Ben Murphy (1 conversion).

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