North Otago hit top gear in patches to post a solid 41-17 win over Green Island in the Dunedin premier women’s club game on Saturday.
A seven-tries-to-three win over the new club in the competition was an ideal way to ignite the season after a heavy loss to University in the first round.
North Otago led 22-0 at halftime and was in complete control, but took the foot off the throat a touch in the second half, winning the next 40 minutes just 19-17.
Nienke Mostert, Lini Kaufana, Paige Ayres, Nia Siale Sanft, Ana Hoi Siale, Cheyenne Cunningham and Haruko Tomita scored tries for North Otago, and Catherine Wilcock added three conversions.
“We played a very good first half but could not continue that in the second, but I’m pleased overall,” coach Mark Wilson said.
North Otago had the rare honour of playing under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
“The stadium experience was magnificent from start to finish and we were very grateful for the opportunity,” Wilson said.