City make light work of Abingdon
Milton Keynes bounced back after the disappointment of going out in the South West final last weekend to record a strong win over league rivals Abingdon.
City wanted a strong response after the loss to Withycombe and Abingdon felt the full strength of that as MK ran riot, winning 60-8.
A quick try in the first 5 minutes came from City winning their own scrum in the Abingdon 22 and a number of phases of play resulting in winger Niall MacKenzie crossing the line. In the blustery wind the conversion was missed. City resumed the pressure and from another scrum, number 8 Dan Rolfe, picked the ball up to crash over the line near the posts. The conversion from full back Brian Purcell made it 12-0. Abingdon hit back with a penalty to reduce the arrears by three points.
But City were determined to make up for the mistake and took control of the game, which resulted in Ben Fisher crossing the line to score another try to extend the lead to 17-3.
David Brown was the next player that crossed the line again for MK and the conversion from Purcell saw them lead 24-3. Another score from winger Dan Pearson scoring an unconverted try to move the score on to 29-3.
The second half began well for MK with them getting good turn over ball in Abingdon territory. The ball was passed out wide which saw winger Dan Pearson cross the line for his second try, with Purcell converting to open the lead to 36-3.
Abingdon then scored their own unconverted try 36-8, but it was as good as their afternoon would get.
The next points for MK came from a great break by scrum half, Rob Lasbrey who off loaded the ball to second row Fisher to score. Purcell converted to make it 41-8. City continued to press their advantage and from a 5m scrum centre field the ball went right for full back Purcell to cross the line. He converted his own try to make it 48-8.
Michael Fitzgerald Cities open side flanker was the next to score for MK with a conversion from Purcell, the score board moved on to 55-8.
Dan Rolfe was the final man to score, capitalising on an Abingdon defensive error to complete the rout.