Rugby: Millwall beaten at home by Billericay
Millwall failed to overturn a recent run of bad form in their home match against Billericay on Saturday, going down 12 points to five.
From the opening exchanges both forward packs played with aggression and at a high intensity. Millwall dominated set plays pushing Billericay back on their own scrum on a number of occasions.
The Millwall line out was also impressive with a number of pinpoint throws from hooker and captain Robert Quinn.
After a tense first twenty minutes in the Essex League One clash, the deadlock was finally broken with Millwall flanker Ben Foss crossing for his first try of the season.
Foss, who was impressive throughout, broke through two tackles from a tap penalty inside the Billericay five meter line.
After the missed conversion Millwall were 5-0 up with ten minutes to go before half time.
Billericay were not willing to back down and immediately put Millwall on the back foot forcing them into conceding two penalties. The successful kicks put Billericay back on top at half time with the score at 5-6.
The second half started with both teams eager to gain the upper hand.
Billericay's scrum was vastly improved and Millwall were unable to dominate the set piece as they did in the first half.
The visitors were first to register on the score sheet with a penalty after Millwall infringed at the breakdown putting the Essex team 9-5 up.
Despite Millwall's efforts, a number of handling errors were to cost the east London side and Billericay finally closed out the game with another penalty with 5 minutes to go.
Millwall coach Dave Roberts said: "The forwards were immense. Billericay always have a good pack, so to get one up in the scrum was satisfying.
"Billericay were clinical though and they deserved their victory, we will regroup now and get prepared to face Upper Clapton next week."