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Your News Millwall march on undefeated in the league

DESPITE the foulest weather conditions yet this season Millwall dominated their game against Runwell Wyverns on Saturday (Nov 1), making it six wins from six.

The Isle of Dogs side beat their Essex rivals with some flowing rugby to win by 43 points to 13 - a victory that keeps them clear at the top of the Essex Division 2 table.

The team now has now taken the maximum 12 points from their opening fixtures and has amassed a points difference of 278 - more than twice that of closest rivals Old Cooperians.

"The weather was truly disgusting and it made it hard to play the kind of rugby we aspire to," said Millwall's Tan Parsons. "But we used the strong wind in the first half and made sure we hit the rucks hard. Runwell had a strong tight five and I'm afraid to say they bossed us a bit in the scrums, but they seemed a bit floppy around the fringes and we capitalised on that. Later a few gaps opened up and we were able to exploit the ones appearing in Runwell's defensive backline. It was enjoyable."

Millwall opened up their scoring account for the afternoon with winger Roberto Pescador touching down in the left corner after a classy backline move. Next second row Gerrie van Eeden crashed through some weak Runwell tackles to dot down under the posts.

The visitors tried to fight back but failed to muster any kind of penetration, relying instead on some big kicks to get them out of trouble.

With the rain steadily increasing in volume the ball became slippier and sloppy errors crept into the game, with both sides knocking on uncontrollably at times.

In the second period Runwell worked a try from a lineout just five yards from Millwall's line when one of their players crashed through with his shoulders at thigh level to reach the line.

But after that Millwall showed their class and ran a couple of exciting moves from their own 22, flanker Drew Benjamin exploiting a gap and running the length of the field before offloading so that substitute winger Ben Smith could touch down on his return from an ankle injury.

"We know there is no room to be cocky," added Parsons. "And there are going to be some hard matches in the second half of the season - especially when we take on Old Cooperians on their home turf. But we are serious about getting straight back up to Essex Division One and the other teams in this league should know we mean business.

"I'd also like to thank our supporters, management and physio team who came and stood out in the rain on the sideline - it makes a huge difference as a player when you can see the passion of the people who turn up week in week out to give us their backing."

Millwall next take on May&Baker away on November 15.

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