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MILLWALL Rugby Club crushed rivals Loughton by 67 points to 14 in their Essex Division Two league fixture on Saturday (October 11).

The Isle-of-Dogs men travelled to meet their opposition and delivered a sound lesson in expansive rugby.

“It was a very tough and scrappy game in places but we showed we can win well even when things aren’t flowing as we’d like,” said Millwall’s head coach Dave Leftley. “Once we’d gotten over our initial desire to run everything up the middle and straight into trouble we started to play some proper rugby. We’ve still got a long way to go before the end of the season and our pressure on the rest of the league must be relentless.”

Millwall opened their scoring account for the afternoon cautiously with fly half Dom Sutherland knocking over two penalties from close range before form centre Dan Lawrence set the ground alight with a break up the middle of the pitch, pouncing on a loose pass to score the first of his three tries.

After this the Londoners gradually increased their lead during the first half, with hooker Pat Doherty putting in a manful performance and scoring his first try for the club with a brutal charge from 10 metres out.

“I was never going to pass from that position,” he said after the game. “Sometimes route one is the best way to go. I’m really pleased to get this score under my belt. It meant a hell of a lot to me.”

After this the floodgates opened and the visitors rammed home a number of touchdowns against a faltering Loughton side.

“We made the mistake early on of trying to punch holes in Loughton’s midfield,” added Leftley. “But their centres were very big boys and we made hard going of it. Once we started to go wide and use our outside runners we started making some tasty inroads. When we can get the ball to Lawrence and Chris Copping on the wing, that’s when we’re really putting teams to the sword.”

Loughton grabbed a consolation try either side of the interval, and there was a scuffle midway through the second half when the hot weather had tempers boiling over.

But the game continued without further incident and Millwall grabbed a further couple of tries to kill off the game.

Millwall’s next league fixture is on October 25 against Old Cooperians, the only other undefeated side in Essex Division Two.

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