1 Nov 2013

Sport: Frustrated Cook Islands team lament basic errors

12:05 pm on 1 November 2013

It's back to the drawing board for the Cook Islands rugby league team following a disappointing first-up World Cup defeat to the USA.

The Kukis were outscored six tries to four in the 32-20 loss, a result which puts a severe dent in their hopes of making the quarter finals.

The Cook Islands team manager, and former captain, Kevin Iro, says some of their senior players were guilty of making uncharacteristic mistakes.

"It just seems the guys that are playing at a higher level [were] complacent and lacking commitment whereas guys or teams that are considered less are just having a go and just out-enthusing -that's what happened tonight, we were out-enthused. There was just times when a lot of these boys they wouldn't normally do certain things at the level they're playing - NRL - and I don't know - they lose their heads - and go off and do their own thing and don't stick to game plans and that's the result."

The result sets up a blockbuster clash against Pacific rivals Tonga on Wednesday, with both teams needing to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.