Sunday, 16 January 2011

Millwall Lions U15 smash Maldon

Millwall Lions 59 (Tries: D Hunt 3, J Lajolie 2, E Nagel 2, B Grace 2; Conv: B Grace 7/9) defeated Maldon (5)

Millwall's Under 15s won their fourth consecutive match on Sunday with a 59-5 victory over Maldon at Millwall Park.

Captain and Flyhalf Bobby Grace contributed a whopping 31 points including two tries and an impressive 7 from 9 with the boot, in an exciting match in front of another vocal crowd.

Millwall started the match on the front foot with prop Michael Dola-Lami making an imposing run up the field from the kick off. However mistakes soon crept into the home side’s play and Maldon took advantage with a host of attacking waves as they tried to penetrate the Millwall line.

The Lion’s defence held firm and soon after, ever-present fullback Jacob Lajolie scored under the posts. Grace’s conversion made it 7-0 to the Isle of Dogs team.

Minutes later, Millwall were in again through centre Danny Hunt, who broke several tackles on two occasions to score back to back tries, making it 21-0 to the Lions following Grace’s conversions.

Maldon soon got themselves back into the match and marched their way down field on the back of a couple of penalties. The Lions absorbed the pressure and from a scrum on their own 5 metre line, spread the ball quickly and Lajolie scored again and Grace converted again, for a 28-0 Millwall lead.

With minutes to play in the first half and Maldon on the back foot, back row forward Elliot Nagel scooped up the ball after an opposition handling error. Despite several defenders attempting to bring the stocky youngster to the ground, he pushed them aside and strolled over under the sticks. Grace’s conversion made it a 35-0 half time lead for Millwall.

Buoyed by another vocal crowd of Millwall Park supporters, the home side were intent on carrying on the demolition, with centre Hunt scoring from the resuming kick off. Grace converted for a 42-0 lead.

Maldon then made the most of an ill-disciplined period of play from the home side, as they gave away penalty after penalty, finally earning themselves a try, to trail 42-5.

The Millwall Lions then roared into action with a three-try response through Nagel and two to fly-half Grace, to round out the 59-5 score line.

“The unbelievable thing is, there’s still a lot of mistakes in their game right now” said excited Youth Chairman Matt Shorrock, “if the players and coaches can eliminate those mistakes, it’s scary to think just how good this team could be”

Meanwhile, Millwall under 12s travelled to Shoreditch and defeated the Sharks 11 tries to 7, with forward Jack Anderson being named man of the match.

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Millwall Lions Under 15's assistant coach Shaun Score talks about the team's impressive victory over Maldon, 59-5 on Millwall Park. 

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