Internationals Cook Islands progress to Pacific Cup

2big2strong_old

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The Cook Islands have sprung the international upset of the year by defeating Samoa 22-20 in Cairns tonight to book themselves a ticket to Port Moresby for the inaugural SP Brewery Pacific Cup.

The young Cook Islands side shocked their highly fancied opponents with two tries inside the first 10 minutes and survived repeat sets on their line in the dying seconds to secure a memorable victory.

The full time whistle was met with ecstatic celebrations with the Cook Islands performing a repeat rendition of their war cry in front of the vocal Barlow Park fans.

Cook Islands coach and former Australian Test player David Fairleigh said the upset victory was “a great result for international Rugby League.”

“It’s a massive, massive day for Cook Islands Rugby League,” Fairleigh said.

“There’s a lot of spirit and emotion [in this team] and I had a great feeling at training.

“It was tremendous atmosphere - Cairns have turned on a massive Rugby League weekend for everyone here, it’s been enormous.

“No one gave us a hope in hell to get here and there was a lot of things said during the week [about our chances] that really got under the guys’ skin.

“We just did what we had to do, we had a really basic game plan and they executed that really well.”

The match was preceded by a range of ceremonies and performances from local Cook Islands and Samoan community groups.

SP Brewery Pacific Cup Tournament Director Brian Canavan said it was the perfect build-up to the tournament proper kickoff on October 24 at Lloyd Robson Oval.

“The people of Cairns really got behind this match and in return they got an absolutely terrific game of Rugby League,” Canavan said.

“The spirit in which it was played and the atmosphere all night was something to remember.

“We are all set now for the SP Brewery Pacific Cup and all the teams are excited at the prospect of winning a spot in next year’s Four Nations.

“But more than anything I think all the players are just really proud to be representing their nations, which is great to see.

The win sees Cook Islands join Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea in the tournament proper which kicks off at Lloyd Robson Oval in PNG on October 24.

Teams arrive in Port Moresby on Monday, October 19, in readiness for a two-week stay in which they will participate in various community activities.

The SP Brewery Pacific Cup final will be played on Sunday, November 1, to determine which Pacific nation will join Australia, New Zealand and England in the 2010 Four Nations tournament.


COOK ISLANDS 22
Tries: Fred Makimare 2, Vincent Ngaro, Daniel Fepuleai
Goals: Brad Takarangi 3
DEFEATED TOA SAMOA 20
Tries: Misi Taulapapa, Patrick Ah Van 2, Harrison Hansen
Goals: Peter Mata’utia 2
at Barlow Park, Cairns.

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2big2strong_old

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Major upset. Have a look at the team line-ups and you'll see that this should have been a lop-sided Samoan victory. The Rugby League gods were well and truly smiling down on the Cook Islands last night.


SAMOA

COOK ISLANDS
Fullback Peter Matautia​
Monikura Tikinau
Patrick Ah Van
Wing​
Lulia Lulia
Sam Tagataese
Centre​
Brad Takirangi
Tagi Ropati​
Centre​
Anthony Gelling
Misi Taulapapa
Wing​
Dominique Peroux
Kyle Stanley​
Five Eighth​
Johnathan Ford
Albert Talapeau
Halfback​
Daniel Fepuleai
Kylie Leuluai (c)
Prop​
Tere Glassie (c)
Terence Seuseu
Hooker​
Samuel Brunton
Mark Taufua
Prop​
Ben Vaeau
Harrison Hansen
Second row​
Fred Makimare
Phillip Leuluai
Second row​
Leon Panapa
Joseph Paulo
Lock​
Sema Mataora
Masada Iosefa
Interchange​
John Viiga
Jack Afamasaga
Interchange​
Vincent Ngaro
Paul Chan Tung​
Interchange​
Arona Tinirau
Tanielu Pasene​
Interchange​
Fabien Sautar

Reserve​
Zane Tetevano
Willie Poching​
COACH​
David Fairleigh



Everyone in bold is either a former or current NRL or Super league player.
 
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Northern_Union

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If i had to give it a reason for the Cooks result it would be Kevin Iro's work in the Islands.
 

motu1_old

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i thought alex glenn would have got a run he was named in the sqaud
i've got a team to support in the pacific cup now

go the cooks
 

2big2strong_old

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i thought alex glenn would have got a run he was named in the sqaud
i've got a team to support in the pacific cup now

go the cooks


He was the captain but had to withdraw for groin surgery as he re-injured it training witht he cookies so the broncos hooked him immediately.
 

kiwi man_old

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shame really, cooks will just be making up numbers and whoever wins plays in the four nations next year and i would hate to see the score between aus and cook islands
 

bluesrok_old

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shame really, cooks will just be making up numbers and whoever wins plays in the four nations next year and i would hate to see the score between aus and cook islands

Oh please....who cares..just for the cooks to make it into the cup would be such a buzz...and how many of those cooks are actually kiwi..so its only good for us kiwis as well to have so many of our young boys playing internationally. I think good on the cook islands..they beat Samoa..nobody gave them a chance...and they beat FIJI too...so YAYA...Go hard Cooks!!!
 

Jesbass_old

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Oh please....who cares..just for the cooks to make it into the cup would be such a buzz...and how many of those cooks are actually kiwi..so its only good for us kiwis as well to have so many of our young boys playing internationally. I think good on the cook islands..they beat Samoa..nobody gave them a chance...and they beat FIJI too...so YAYA...Go hard Cooks!!!

I agree. I want the All Whites to make it to the World Cup, even though they'll get thrashed. Just getting there will be a huge achievement!
 

kiwi's 13-6_old

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maybe kumul dosnt get the all whites reference, all whites = NZ SOCCER TEAM. and they are definitly not a world force and probly never will be but still be great achivement if they make the soccer world cup!

cook islands have done well and league is a popular sport in the cook islands may even be the most popular sport thier and definitly amongst the cook island community in nz and australia.

hope that players either go for cook islands or the kiwi's that situation with all cook islanders being new zealand citizens is a bit confusing. along with tokelauans and nuieans cook islands is strang case as they are a country in free association with new zealand making them nz citizens
 
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