Catch me if you can . . . North Otago centre Nia Sanft evades the Alhambra-Union defence during a women's rugby game at Opoho in Dunedin on Saturday. PHOTO: WAYNE PARSONS

North Otago hit top gear to thump Alhambra-Union 51-5 in a women’s club rugby game at the Opoho grounds in Dunedin on Saturday.

Flanker Morgan Henderson, second five-eighth Lucy Crabbe and centre Nia Sanft all scored doubles for North Otago, which led 27-0 at halftime.

Tiaana McGregor, Henrietta Fotofili and Cheyenne Cunningham added tries, and Cunningham kicked three conversions to complete the rout.

North Otago manager Skippy Bloxsom said the side was getting better every week, but would have to produce another big step up when it hosted powerful Otago University this weekend.

Both Oamaru schools posted sound wins over Otago opposition in First XV games in Oamaru at the weekend.

Waitaki Boys’ High School claimed a third win in four games, beating Dunstan High School 34-17, while St Kevin’s College produced an excellent performance to get its first win of the season.

St Kevin’s beat Taieri College 43-20 after leading 24-8 at halftime. Backline star Ben McCarthy showed his full range of skills, scoring three tries and kicking four conversions for a haul of 23 points.

Esafe Tokai and Eli Winders were industrious up front for St Kevin’s, and Femme Bootsan and Forrest Beer enjoyed some space to run out wide.

Waitaki Boys’ started poorly against Dunstan, coughing up two turnover tries to trail 12-0, but again played some dazzling rugby in patches.

Bruising prop Tonga Malafu showed his strength to score two tries, fullback Daniel Halaholo showed signs he is easing into form, and workhorse flanker Drae Hirama never stopped tackling.

Waitaki is playing the Otago Boys’ High School Second XV in Dunedin tomorrow, while St Kevin’s is off to Alexandra to play Dunstan.latest Running SneakersSneakers