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Young star . . . North Otago fullback Cheyenne Cunningham looks for space. Also pictured are team-mates Nia Sanft (No 13) and Lucy Crabbe. PHOTO: PHIL JANSSEN

The North Otago women’s rugby team showed plenty of potential in its opening competitive game of the season at the weekend.

Pirates, the powerhouse Dunedin women’s club, scored a late try to clinch a flattering 40-24 win in Oamaru.

North Otago had a reduced squad – just 18 players – and did well to stick with Pirates for much of the game.

Centre Nia Sanft led the North Otago effort with two tries, and the others were scored by fullback Cheyenne Cunningham and hooker Sydney Provan. Cunningham and Lindsay Havea kicked conversions.

North Otago has the bye this weekend and heads to Dunedin to play Alhambra-Union the following weekend.

On the attack . . . North Otago prop Patsy Ford charges at the Pirates defence during the women’s rugby game in Oamaru on Saturday. Also pictured is North Otago hooker Sydney Provan. PHOTO: PHIL JANSSEN
Not held . . . North Otago second five Lucy Crabbe tries to wriggle out of a tackle. PHOTO: PHIL JANSSEN