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APR

Snow and a frozen pitch wasn’t enough to stop Millwall Lions under 16’s from scaling another hurdle in their bid for league inclusion as they hung on to beat Wanstead 12-10 on Sunday.

Centre Billy Gray scored all points for the visitors as the Lions earned revenge for the defeat to Wanstead one week earlier that halted their winning streak at just two matches.

With the snow falling heavily, Millwall arrived at Wanstead with just 14 players and the home side took the early advantage, scoring a try out wide five minutes into the match.

Prop and Pack leader David Hayward laid down the law to his players as Wanstead missed the conversion and Millwall rose to the challenge by lifting their intensity in all facets of play.

Despite the conditions, the Millwall forwards fed quick ball the backs and centre Gray took full advantage busting through some sloppy tackling to level the scores at 5-5 fifteen minutes in.

After opening Wanstead up once, Millwall looked wide on every opportunity, however poor handling on the last pass cost the visitors as they bombed three try-scoring opportunities.

Ten minutes later Billy Gray was at it again, making a break on the half way line. Although he was taken down by the scrambling Wanstead defence, Gray got a pass away and stayed alive to back up the charge, scoring under the posts on an offload from Karl Storey.

Millwall went into the break leading 12-5.

Charlie Nagel, playing in just his second match of rugby ever, made a break shortly after half time to put Millwall on the attack once again. The newcomer beat three tackles before being bundled into touch just metres from the line.

At that point, the match swung in Wanstead’s favour as they dominated possession and field position. With time running out, and Millwall under pressure on their own line, some superb defence from the visitors saw a loose-ball scramble inside the five metre line.

Flanker Ricky Feeney looked to kick the ball long but in a freakish movement Wanstead re-gathered on the full and strolled over for an easy try to bring them within kicking distance of a tie-score.

Unfortunately the kick was missed and Millwall hung on for a road victory that impressed their coach, Chris Davis:

“That was a 100% turnaround from our performance last week,”

“Our forwards were sharp and committed in the rucks and overall our defence was solid, meaning we got to see a lot more ball than we did in the previous match”

“That allowed our game breakers, like Billy Grey and Jack Rowland to really get into space”

Scrum half James Strong, Forward Karl Storey and Winger Jack Rowland were awarded joint man-of-the-match for their relentless efforts in defence.

Meanwhile the club’s Try Rugby coaching session for Ladies was again a rousing success as the number of females taking up the sport continues to grow.

The next session is planned for 12th of April from 10:30am on Millwall Park near Mudchute DLD station. Any ladies interested in trying something different should visit www.venusrugby.com or email tryrugby@millwallrugby.com alternatively, call 07963833655

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