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MILLWALL Rugby Club enjoyed a final league victory before the Christmas break to remain undefeated in Essex Division Two on Saturday (December 20).

The team took on East London in a derby grudge match at home in Victoria Park and dominated throughout the afternoon to win cleanly by 24 points.

Millwall centre Tan Parsons said afterwards: “East London are one of the stronger teams in the league and we knew this was a crucial game. They were well up for it because they knew that if they lost they would have no chance of getting promoted.

“We’re very pleased to finish off in style before the break, and we want to come back even stronger after the rest. Fitness is going to be as important as ever and we will be keeping a close eye on our front row forwards over the festive period to make sure they don’t eat too much Christmas pudding.”

Next the Isle of Dogs men face King’s Cross Steelers in the league before sizing up against division one side Maldon in the Essex President’s Shield on January 17.

Saturday’s match opened with a tetchy first ten minutes but the deadlock was broken when Millwall attacked from deep in their own half.

Slow ball from a ruck was passed to Parsons at first receiver who fed centre Louis Newton for a crash ball. Newton took contact, sucking in two defenders before offloading briskly back to Parsons who drew the defence and sent fullback Ben Smith into a gap. Smith dodged left and right before finding another gear and sprinting nearly the length of the field to score under the posts.

Next Naz Mohammed, Millwall’s outstanding winger of the season, ‘gassed’ his opposite number then gathered his own chip over the head of a despairing East London defender. He fed supporting scrum half Brent McMillan, whose outstanding vision allowed him to feed flanker Drew Benjamin for a touch down right on the bullseye of the East London goal line.

Millwall’s forwards were making a habit of clean catches from the East London restarts and shortly afterwards a sweeping team move ended with Mohammed outpacing his man again to touch down in the right corner.

After the break East London redoubled their efforts and scored an ugly try after pushing the Millwall pack off of one of their own scrums, but that was to be their only successful assault.

Further tries in the second half for Newton and Smith put the nail in East London’s coffin and left them resigned to another term in the second tier next season.

Millwall’s Parsons added: “There were some very good individual performances today, notably from flanker Ray Walker, who always puts his body on the line, and from man of the match Ben Smith, who played an absolute blinder in both attack and defence.”

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