Olympic dream over for the Cook Islands 7s teams

Friday November 08, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
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The Olympic dream for the Cook Islands 7s is over.

 

This after the national men’s and women’s teams lost again at the Oceania 7s Championship in Suva, Fiji.

The Cook Islands men’s team went down to minnows Solomon Islands 14-21 in their third pool match yesterday. On Wednesday, the team defeated Tuvalu 31-19 before going down to Papua New Guinea 5-17.

The women’s side lost to Papua New Guinea 12-19 in their second pool match after going down to Samoa 19-21 in their opening match.

The national teams had a match each remaining yesterday but with two losses, they are out of contention for a place in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Despite the losses, the Cook Islands women’s head coach Tutu Tairea was pleased with the team’s performance.

Tairea said although there was little time to prepare, the players came out strong against quality teams.

“I am extremely proud of these girls, there’s a lot of new girls in this team. We just came together on Sunday, and we come out against a quality side like PNG and I thought we done great,” Tairea told Wansolwara.

“I’m so proud of these girls and how far they’ve come and the little time that we’ve had.”

Australia, Samoa and Tonga are the leading contenders among the 10 Olympic hopefuls in the men’s draw, with Fiji and New Zealand already qualified for Japan after securing a top four finish on last season’s World Sevens Series.

New Zealand and Australia have also confirmed their tickets to Tokyo in the women’s competition, leaving Fiji and Papua New Guinea as the front-runners among the eight teams in the women's qualifying competition.

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