Princes sent packing as MK run riot in Shield win


A new-look Milton Keynes got their season off to a winning start as they crushed Princes Risborough 59-12 in the Bucks Shield.

With a reshaped to backline it was only through competition would it be found out if it was a successful decision.

And it appeared to be working early on as MK took a 7-0 lead through Dan Pearson crossing over, and Brian Purcell’s conversion.

Ten minutes later they were in again, with new winger Jordan Williams collecting to score in the corner.

Carl Capellano made a good break and with support from new captain Ben Fisher the ball was passed out for Pearson to collect and with a fine chip over the defence collected the ball to score an excellent individual try to put City 17-0 up.

Soon after the restart City were able to control the ball at the back of a scrum. The ball again went to Pearson who broke through the Risborough defence to score another try.

There was a sloppy period of play from the home team close to the end of the first half. A couple of unnecessary penalties allowed Princes Risborough to score with just minutes to go before half time.

City quickly retaliated and with the last move of the half Andy Poole broke through two tackles to score under the posts. At half-time the score was 31-7.

Within minutes of the second-half starting the combination of Whitehead and Pearson again allowed the latter to score again.

City’s line out work was more effective in the second half. Capellano, with ball in hand, made a short break from the back of the maul to score again.

MK gave Princes Risborough a glimmer of hope as they gave away more sloppy penalties allowing them score their second try of the afternoon.

But City weren’t to be denied as Poole sold a fine dummy to cross over beneath the posts once more.

Replacement winger Jack Laithwaite was the last person to score a try after Princes Risborough had the ball stolen from them on their 22m line.

After a couple of passes Jack gratefully received the ball to score in the corner to wrap it up at 59-12.