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Your News Millwall men suffer heavy losses while the women's session is a success

Millwalls 1st XV suffered a heart breaking defeat at the hands of Maldon on Saturday when a late second half try saw the league-leaders seal a 20-12 victory over their frustrated visitors.

Despite missing as many as 12 regular first graders, the Isle of Dogs club took the match to Maldon in the first half with some good pick and drives from prop Andrew Bates while backs Drew Benjamin and Tan Parsons made several breaks out wide.

When Fullback Chris Copping made a break, Benjamin was there in support and after peeling off a ruck, he crashed over to score the first points of the match. Fly half Adam Brook converted.

From the restart, Millwall fumbled and Maldon capitalised with an easy try and conversion to tie the scores before man of the match Bates dived over from a quick penalty restart.

The second half started with Millwall dominating possession and territory however Maldons tight defence ensured they failed to claim points.

As Millwalls energy dropped Maldon launched an attacking raid on their line and came up trumps to take the lead and then scored again as the match drew to a close.

Team manager Chris Copping remained confident his side would avoid relegation this season despite the loss:

There were a lot of positives to be taken from the performance today, being away from home with a depleted side and up against a top of the table team

We faired pretty well he said, If we play like this for the remaining games of the season we can keep our place in Essex 1, as we've shown we can take it to anyone in this division

The losses mounted heavily for Millwall at the weekend with the Llamas losing the Essex Second Team Cup final to Bancroft 40-7 while Millwalls 3rd XV were thumped 60 points to Nil by Upminster.

3rd XV Manager Tim Landon was surprised at the scoreline in his teams defeat:

We had a good young team, adequate subs and were well prepared. But they had a big, well drilled forward pack and were just too strong for us. Said the first-year-team manager.

Meanwhile Millwalls Ladies XV Venus lost 62-5 away to Slough. Forward Sharon Berger scored the only try as the Venus ladies fought valiantly against more experienced opposition.

The club is working hard to recruit new ladies in the hope of building a strong foundation for the sport in Tower Hamlets.

Saturday morning saw the first ever TRY Rugby for Ladies session on Millwall Park attended by a large number of females, travelling from as far as Kent and Stratford hoping to get active and try something different in 2008.

Millwall coach Sean McCann took the ladies through their paces as they learnt passing, catching and positioning drills before moving into a light game of touch rugby.

Chairman Matt Shorrock said the sessions were designed for complete beginners:

We wanted to demystify the thinking that in order to play female rugby you have to be big and tough he said, hopefully word will get out and well see even more women at our next session.

Millwalls next TRY Rugby for Ladies will be held on Saturday 1st of March at Millwall Park. Visit or email for more details.

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