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London Welsh’s century making captain Jon Mills says Sunday’s victory over Championship favourites Leeds Carnegie will count for nothing if they don’t back it up against Plymouth Albion at Old Deer Park on Saturday (3pm).

The Welsh skipper had double reason to celebrate his side’s opening weekend 26-13 victory at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, as he reached 100 league appearances for the Exiles.

“If we don’t back this up it will be a waste of a win. We’ve to make sure, first home game of the season we start with a win,” said Mills.

“It’s always nice to start off with a win at home and it puts you on the front foot. We’ll be hoping to get a win for the supporters and I hope they’re looking forward to some good running rugby from London Welsh this season.”

Tries from Liam Gibson and Simon Whatling and 16 points from the boot of Gordon Ross helped the Exiles establish a 26-6 lead. Leeds fought back in the third quarter with Ryan Burrows touching down and Welsh being reduced to 14-men when Adam Brown saw yellow, but the Exiles held out for a deserved victory.

“We’d have taken that before the game. There’s still loads for us to work on and some scrappy areas where we know we’ll get better the more we play with each other,” added Mills.

“To go away to Leeds first game of the season, it was a really gutsy performance from us, but at the same time loads to work on.

“We only played for about 20 minutes of the game. We had plenty of the ball but we were a bit loose with it at times with little offloads when they probably weren’t on.

“We just needed to keep hold of it a little bit longer and if we’d gone through another couple of phases it probably would have opened up for us.

“But that’s the intent we want play with, we’re looking for offloads. We just need to think a bit more about when to look for it, rather than just keep looking for it.

“But that will come, the boys are good enough to realise when it’s not going to be on. It’s a good intent for the boys to look for the offload and I’m sure we’ll make better decisions the more we do it.”

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