Rugby: City run in eight tries to record second win of season

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MILTON Keynes have got their Southern Counties North season firmly back on track after thumping Tadley 50-19 on Saturday to make it two straight league wins.

Back-to-back defeats to start the season saw City’s title ambitions suffer a major blow, but a week after winning at Slough, the men from Emerson Valley produced their most convincing attacking performance so far to score eight tries against bottom side Tadley and climb to sixth place in the table.

The hosts scored six tries inside the first half an hour of play, with the first two coming from Gavin Whitehead, soon followed by a third courtesy of Stuart Tomkinson in a devastating opening spell.

Scott Aspinall and Dan Rolfe added another two tries from good handling down their respective wings, but the party was spoiled slightly when Aspinall was yellow carded on 25 minutes.

That didn’t stop City scoring though – Robert Lasbrey sneaking through for the sixth try, converted by Phil Powell who added eight points with the boot in the opening 30 minutes.

With the home side down to 14 men, Tadley tried to take advantage, but City held on to end the first 38-0 to the good.

The start of the second half didn’t go to plan for the hosts though as Conner McKechnie found himself in the referee’s bad books and was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

That gave the visitors the incentive they needed, running home three tries in the space of 15 minutes, with two converted to half City’s lead to 38-19.

But City weren’t finished scoring yet and a good move out wide saw Whitehead go over for his hat-trick try, converted by Powell to put the result beyond doubt.

And deep into injury time Rolfe added his second try and City’s eighth to complete a resounding bonus point victory, closing the gap on league leaders Drifters to seven points.

Buckingham sit second in the table and are next up at Emerson Valley this Saturday, but in the County Cup rather than the league. City return to Southern Counties North action at Thatcham a week later.

>> There was also an impressive win for Olney who sit seventh in the table following a 90-7 home thrashing of lowly Slough.

Scoring the tries on a memorable day were Small (4), Robinson (3), Hoyles (2), Letts, Hannah, Skingsley, Harrison and James – 10 of which were converted by Cowan.