Rugby League World Cup  Sunday 10th November 2013  The Gnoll, Neath  Att: 3,270

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Christiaan Roets

Rhodri Lloyd

Christiaan Roets

Lloyd White

Rob Massam

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Jones

Lloyd White

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Johnathon Ford

Dominque Peyroux

Isaac John

Keith Lulia

Daniel Fepuleai

GOAL SCORERS:

Chris Taripo

Chris Taripo

Chris Taripo

Chris Taripo

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

The Cook Islands survived a second-half fightback from Wales to record their first-ever Rugby League World Cup win.

The Kukis made the most of Wales’s errors in the first half, and led 16-4 at the break with tries from Daniel Fepuleai, Keith Lulia and Isaac John, with the solitary Welsh try coming from Rob Massam.

Despite conceding the first try of the second half from Dominique Peyroux, Wales hit back with three back-to-back tries from Lloyd White, Christaan Roets and Rhodri Lloyd to leave them two behind with 10 minutes to play, before Jonathon Ford sealed the win with Lloyd scoring a consolation try late on.

Wales struggled to get theirs hands on the ball early on and, after numerous mistakes, faced repeated sets of six and were punished when hooker Fepuleai dived over the line from dummy-half.

The home side responded well though, and after forcing Pittman into touch, Massam received Rhys Evans’s pass and went over in the corner to reduce the deficit to two.

Wales looked to have carved out another opening when Peter Lupton offloaded to Ross Diverty who looked to run to the line, before play was pulled back for a forward pass from the scrum-half.

Keith Lulia, playing his last match on British soil, extended the Cook Islands' lead following a fine move when Zeb Taia found the centre from a quick play-the-ball with the Welsh too slow to react.

John, taking the ball at first receiver jinked through the Welsh defence to score the Kukis’s third try on the stroke of half time.

Wales conceded another penalty as Keith Lulia broke towards the line before having the ball stripped in the tackle, with the resulting set of six bringing a try for Peyroux and a third successful conversion from Chris Taripo.

Wales gave themselves a lifeline when White dummied from the play-the-ball before diving over the line to score, before adding the extras himself to reduce the gap to 12.

The Dragons were gaining in momentum following the try, and after turning up the pressure on the Kukis’s line, Lupton sought out Roets who went over to bring Wales within eight. Danny Jones hit the post from the conversion attempt to leave to remain two scores behind with 20 minutes remaining.

Match Action

  • 76m
    try

    Christiaan Roets

    Wales

  • 73m
    goal

    Chris Taripo

    Cook Islands

  • 73m
    try

    Johnathon Ford

    Cook Islands

  • 67m
    goal

    Danny Jones

    Wales

  • 67m
    try

    Rhodri Lloyd

    Wales

  • 61m
    try

    Christiaan Roets

    Wales

  • 55m
    interchange_off

    Daniel Fepuleai

    Cook Islands

  • 55m
    interchange_on

    Sam Brunton

    Cook Islands

  • 51m
    goal

    Lloyd White

    Wales

  • 51m
    try

    Lloyd White

    Wales

  • 46m
    try

    Dominque Peyroux

    Cook Islands

  • 46m
    goal

    Chris Taripo

    Cook Islands

  • 39m
    try

    Isaac John

    Cook Islands

  • 39m
    goal

    Chris Taripo

    Cook Islands

  • 31m
    try

    Keith Lulia

    Cook Islands

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Brad Takairangi

    Cook Islands

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Gelling

    Cook Islands

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Larne Patrick

    Wales

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Walker

    Wales

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Gil Dudson

    Wales

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Ben Flower

    Wales

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Christiaan Roets

    Wales

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Lloyd White

    Wales

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Craig Kopczak

    Wales

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Rhodri Lloyd

    Wales

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Joseph Matapuku

    Cook Islands

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Dylan Napa

    Cook Islands

  • 14m
    try

    Rob Massam

    Wales

  • 9m
    try

    Daniel Fepuleai

    Cook Islands

  • 9m
    goal

    Chris Taripo

    Cook Islands