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Milton Keynes win the Paget Cup

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Milton Keynes have won the Paget Cup having finished top of the merit table with an 85% success rate this season.

Towcestrians finished a close second with a win percentage of 83% with Mens Own (72%) and Buckingham (68%) in third and fourth respectively.

The Paget Cup was initially set up as a tournament for work teams in Northampton but in recent years it has been awarded to the Northamptonshire and District Rugby Alliance club with the highest win percentage for first team matches.

This year, Saints finished in 6th place with a 55% win rate having last won the Cup following their 100% success rate in 2007/8 season. That season saw them make an immediate return to the top flight of English rugby.

Gary Spinks, co-chairman at Milton Keynes RFC, said: “It’s been a good year for trophies at Milton Keynes.

“We won a couple of other cups and also got promoted from our league. It’s one we didn’t expect (the Paget Cup), but it’s very good for the club. There’s a lot of history to that cup as well; it goes back to 1910, I think.

“We won the cup with 85% so to have that as a win rate is a fair achievement, at whatever level of rugby you play; it’s a big win!"

Having been relegated at the end of last season, Milton Keynes had the opportunity to bring youngsters in the first team, something that Spinks said was great for the club: “It’s been a phenomenal year for the young players. 

“We found and brought through some players back into the club, five of whom featured in the first team towards the end of this season. We have a strong youth side that’s coming through and we managed to bring two into the first team last year.”