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Your News Millwall 32 - Old Cooperians 24

MILLWALL Rugby Club overcame Old Cooperians at home on Saturday to stay top of Essex Division Two.

In the close-fought game Millwalls opponents were the only other side previously undefeated in the league and the win has put the Isle of Dogs men two points clear at the top of the table with five wins from five.

The victory saw the club get back to winning ways after going out of the EDF Junior Vase against a mature and heavy Thames side the previous week.

Millwalls Tan Parsons said: Taking on Old Coops it was always going to be a close game and at times it got a bit scrappy because neither side wanted to give anything away. But we are delighted to have the win under our belts. We have some hot talent in this squad now with some scintillating pace in the backs, while our forwards have a great mix of speed and power. There is more to come from Millwall and I can tell you we have not peaked yet this season.

We have some new players at the club both forwards and backs, and pressure for places in the first team is going to be intense over the next month. That can only be a good thing for the side.

Both teams began the match tentatively, advancing their scores with penalties until the game rested at six points each. Millwall had the breakthrough when fly half Dom Sutherland sent a fizzing long pass to fullback Sam Robinson who fed an easy scoring pass to winger Roberto Pescador.

But Old Coops took their chances and made the best of a fortuitous moment when a promising Millwall attack broke down. They gathered up the ball in their own 22 and began a move that stretched the length of the field before touching down in the corner.

Making his debut for Millwall winger Naz Mohammed had a storming game, scoring a try either side of the break and showing some dazzling pace and determination to touch down in the corner on each occasion.

With the game poised at 18-16 in favour of Old Coops in the second half it seemed the match could have gone either way, but the power of Millwalls forwards, especially number eight Ray Walker and second row Gerrie van Eeden, began to tell.

The Old Coops pack began to tire and eventually holes started to appear around the fringes of the rucks. A clever kick through from replacement fullback Gareth Williams set up Mohammeds second try, giving Millwall an unassailable eight point lead with less than five minutes to play.

Next week the team takes on Runwell Wyverns at home.

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