Konrad Hurrell not only made his mark on this cross group encounter but also on the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Hurrell broke through the Cook Island defence and then barnstormed his way over and through Cook Island fullback Drury Low to score one of the truly memorable tries of the tournament.
Tonga’s fullback Glenn Fisi’iahi had linked with Sika Manu in a length of the field move that saw Fisi’iahi score after just seven minutes.
Yet the Cook Islanders hit back with two tries from winger Chris Taripo, collecting a kick from Isaac John for his first and latching on to a grubber from low for his second.
Jason Taumalolo also bulldozed over for Tonga who certainly ended the first half on a high with Hurrell’s try.