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Moana beat England Knights in warm up clash
Picture by Allan McKenzie/ - 28/10/2022 - Rugby League - Rugby League World Cup 2021 Women's Tournament Launch - The Hospitium, York, England - The Rugby League World Cup 2021 Women's Tournament Launch - (Left to Right) - Australia's Samantha Bremner, New Zealand's Krystal Rota, Papua New Guinea's Elsie Albert, England's Emily Rudge, Brazil's Maria Graf, Canada's Gabrielle Hindley, France's Alice Varela & Cook Island's Kimiora Breayley-Nati.

Cook Islands’ women warmed up for their Rugby League World Cup with a behind-closed-doors fixture against England Knights women.

The Rusty Matua-coached side defeated the Knights 24-14.

The hosts trailed at the break with Tamzin Renouf’s try being the only score for England, sandwiched between Cook Islands touchdowns for Mackenzie Wiki and Erikana Dean.

The Moana stretched their lead after the break with quick-fire tries from full back Wiki again and Chantay Kiria-Ratu, before Chantelle Crowl clawed one back for England, with Becky Grady kicking the sole conversion.

Kerehitina Matua’s try on debut pushed the visitors further ahead, before Erin Stott added a consolation for the visitors. The last word went to Monica Mo’ale who beat the referee’s whistle to confirm victory.

Cook Islands Moana is placed in Group B alongside Australia, New Zealand and France.

The national side will take on Australia in its opening match on November 2 before playing New Zealand on November 6 and France on November 10.

Cook Islands also competed in the 2003 Rugby League World Cup.

  • Additional reporting by Leeds Rhinos

Cook Islands women’s rugby league – Kimiora Breayley-Nati, Erikana Dean, Mireka Dean, Tetuanui Agnes Dean, Kennedy Harison-Vahua, Maleyna Hunapo, Chantay Kiria-Ratu, Lavinia Kitai, Beniamina Koiatu, Kerehitina Matua, Terehia Matua, Moniqca Mo’ale, Toka Natua, April Ngatupuna, Daimzel Rongokea, Anekka Stephens, Kiana Takairangi, Karol-Ann Tanevesi, Tehinnah-Leal Tatuava, Alekermay Tuaana, Charlize Tumu-Makara, Jazmon Tupou-Witchman, Elianna Walton, Mackenzie Wiki. Coach – Anthony Matua.