Milton Keynes didn’t make the ideal start to the new season, taking a severe 73-13 beating at the hands of Drifters.
The visitors showed no mercy at Emerson Valley, running in 11 tries at a ground which has usually been a bogey ground for Drifters.
The game started well for City though, and nosed in front after five minutes with the first try.
Drifters found their footing quickly responded with a penalty kick and a try putting them 10-5 up.
The teams exchanged tries and were tied up at 17 each, and had the advantage when Drifters went down to 14 men midway through the first half.
However, unable to take control, Drifters got back to full strength and from there, didn’t look back.
They took a 29-17 lead into the half time break, with three MK players off injured and another in the bin.
Yet more injuries in the second half meant City had to play on with just 13 players, and Drifters showed no mercy, running in try after try to complete the rout.
City sit second from bottom of the Southern Counties North table, and play High Wycombe next Saturday.