Australia announce themselves on World Cup stage with 74-0 drubbing of Cook Islands

AUSTRALIA announced themselves on the World Cup stage with a brilliant 74-0 thrashing of Cook Islands.

Australia began the procession in the second minute when Evania Pelite dotted down and had five more tries before the break to go into a 36-0 lead at half-time.

Caitlan Johnston, Tarryn Aiken and Samantha Bremner made it 22-0 after 20 minutes before Pelite grabbed her second and Shenae Ciesiolka rubbed further salt into the wounds on the half-hour.

Julia Robinson dotted down on 32 minutes as the Jillaroos stormed into a 36-0 lead.

Bremner added a second after the break with Taliah Fuimaono crossing on 53 minutes before Robinson registered a double a minute later. Holli Wheeler took over the kicking duties and converted both Fuimaono’s and Robinson’s efforts to make it 52-0.

Bremner registered a hat-trick courtesy of a brilliant Ali Brigginshaw break a minute later and then a fourth shortly after as the Jillaroos couldn’t stop scoring.

It was Pelite’s turn to notch a hat-trick on 69 minutes with Aiken dotting down to round off the scoring at 74-0.


Sammy Bremner (C), Julia Robinson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Isabelle Kelly, Evania Pelite, Tarryn Aiken, Ali Brigginshaw, Shannon Mato, Lauren Brown, Caitlan Johnston, Kezie Apps, Olivia Kernick, Simaima Taufa. Subs (all used): Taliah Fuimaono, Holli Wheeler, Kennedy Cherrington, Yasmin Clydsdale

Tries: Pelite 3, Johnston, Aiken 2, Bremner 4, Ciesiolka, Robinson 2, Fuimaono
Goals: Brown 6/10, Wheeler 3/4

Cook Islands

Mckenzie Wiki, Beniamina Koiatu, Kere Matua, Kiana Takairangi, Daimzel Rongokea, Kimiora Breayley-Nati (C), Chantay Kiria-Ratu, Karol-Ann Tanevesi, Tetuanui Agnes Dean, April Ngatupuna, Lavinia Kitai, Alekermay Tuaana, Anneka Stephens. Subs (all used): Jazmon Tupou-Witchman, Toka Natua, Charlize-Gazelle Tumu-Makara, Tehinnah-Lael Tatuava


Half-time: 36-0
Referee: Wyatt Raymond
Scoring sequence: 4-0, 10-0, 16-0, 22-0, 26-0, 32-0, 36-0; 40-0, 46-0, 52-0, 58-0, 64-0, 68-0, 74-0
Venue: LNER Stadium, York