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Your News Millwall 31 - Maldon 5

MILLWALL Rugby Club have booked their spot in the semi final of the Essex President’s Shield competition after dispatching Maldon on Saturday (February 7).

The Isle of Dogs team fell behind after just two minutes but then put on a blazing display of running rugby to leave their hosts, who play in the division above Millwall, for dead.

Millwall centre Tan Parsons said after the game: “At first we took a while to wake up and Maldon worked the blind side of the rucks very well. It caught us napping and we paid the price.

“But we adjusted our defence a bit and started to contain them and our forwards put in a heroic effort to disrupt the Maldon pack – especially their lineout. Once we got a bit of clean ball we were able to attack the Maldon midfield, create a few gaps and put our fast men in for tries.”

Millwall were forced to travel to Essex to play the fixture after their home pitch at Victoria Park was ruled unfit after the heavy snow.

Millwall flyhalf Dom Sutherland, returning to the fold this week, opened up the scoring for the visitors after popping up on the right wing and handing off the covering defence to dot down in the corner.

This was followed up within minutes when Sutherland fired a miss pass to Parsons who skipped past the Maldon centres and fed a scoring pass back inside to the team’s form winger Naz Mohammed. During the afternoon Mohammed bagged a hat-trick of tries, including a length-of-the-field interception, taking his average tally for the season to two tries per game.

Millwall centre Louis Newton also kept up his scoring record to touch down under the posts, making for an easy conversion to take the score to 26-5.

In the second half there was only one score, when Sutherland chipped behind the rushing Maldon defence and Mohammed chased up to apply downward pressure on the ball a metre before the end of the pitch.

After that Millwall closed out the game with solid defence around the fringes of the rucks and some pragmatic kicking to keep Maldon suffocated in their own half.

Millwall's man of the match was veteran flanker Daryl Gera, who was a constantly aggressive and disruptive force around the paddock.

“It was a good win in the end, although Maldon messed up a couple of scoring chances,” added Parsons. “But we managed to take pretty much all the chances we got and that’s what you have to do in cup games. Our ambition now is to make sure we win our remaining league games in style and to see our way through to the final of the cup.”

This weekend (February 14) Millwall travel away to Runwell Wyverns for a league fixture in Essex Division Two.

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