Cook Islands’ strong performance against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in the Pacific Test earlier this month has helped improve the ranking of the national rugby league side by a spot.
A clever dropkick from the Titikaveka Bulldogs against defending champions Avatiu Nikao Eels saw the side earn a direct entry to the Cook Islands rugby league domestic competition grand final.
Either the Tupapa Panthers or the Arorangi Bears will finish the domestic rugby league season after the premier match today at the BCI Stadium.
Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles’ application for a judicial review against a Cook Islands Rugby League Association ruling has been quashed by the High Court yesterday.
It will be a clash of the titans affair this afternoon when the top two teams from the domestic rugby league competition go head on head in a battle for a direct spot in the final.
Cook Islands rugby league coach Tony Iro is content with the performance of the national side despite the 22-32 loss to Papua New Guinea Kumuls in the Pacific Rugby League Test on Friday in Sydney.
Cook Islands skipper Alex Glenn has played in some big matches over the years, but none compared to the cultural significance of Friday night’s Pacific Test against Papua New Guinea.