Home team Score Away Team

Wales

  • Roets (2), White, Lloyd, Massam,
    Goals: Jones, White,
24 - 28

Cook Islands

  • Fepuleai, Lulia, John, Ford, Peyroux,
    Goals: Taripo (4),
  • Rugby League World Cup
  • Group D
  • 10th Nov 2013
  • KO 14:00
  • Att: 3,270

Rugby League World Cup: Wales lose third successive game

Last updated: 10th November 2013  

WORLD CUP 2013 WALES V COOK ISLANDS THE GNOLL DOMINIC PEYROUX

Dominque Peyroux: Scored the fourth try for the Cook Islands

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP TYSON FRIZELL WALES COOK ISLANDS

Tyson Frizell of Wales is tackled by Dominque Peyroux and Brad Takairangi at The Gnoll

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Wales were unable to finish their disappointing Rugby League World Cup campaign on a high note as the Cook Islands created history with a 28-24 victory in Neath.

The Kukis triumphed for the first time in the history of the tournament at the sixth time of asking, albeit only after holding off a brave Welsh fightback in the second half.

Centre Keith Lulia ran the show, scoring a first-half try, while Isaac John, Daniel Fepuleai, Dominique Peyroux also crossed to put the Cook Islanders 22-4 ahead. In the end, though, a 73rd minute try from Jonathon Ford proved crucial after the hosts had threatened to deny their opponents a maiden win.

Christiaan Roets bagged a brace of tries, and Lloyd White and Rhodri Lloyd also touched down after the break following a first-half effort from Rob Massam.

Yet their late surge was not enough to see them pick up a first point, following previous defeats to Italy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the United States in Wrexham.

Dominated

The Cook Islands dominated early territory, and they deservedly went ahead after eight minutes when hooker Fepuleai powered over from close range and Chris Taripo added the extras.

Wales briefly responded when a break from Elliot Kear led to Massam touching down, though by the break they had conceded twice more at the other end of the field.

Lulia crossed unopposed just after the half-hour mark before Penrith Panthers player John skipped his way across for the Cook Islands' third try as the interval loomed.

There was no immediate sign of things improving after the restart for Wales either, Peyroux going over and Taripo's third goal from four attempts opening up an 18-point gap.

That try seemed to finally sting Wales into life; they fought back with tries for White and Roets in the space of eight minutes, with the former also successful with one conversion attempt.

Lloyd then scored 14 minutes from time, Danny Jones this time adding the goal via an upright, and all of a sudden Iestyn Harris' side found themselves only two points adrift.

However the Cook Islands refused to let that elusive first win slip from their grasp and Ford's well-worked try finally killed off any prospects of Wales completing their dramatic comeback bid.

Rugby League World Cup Group D Table

Rugby League World Cup Table - November 10 2013
Pos Team P Pts
1 USA 3 4
2 Cook Islands 3 2
3 Wales 3 0

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