In the opening match on Saturday, the Residents won 38-28.
In the second meeting, the visitors had to get a couple of Rarotonga-based players to replace injured players in the team.
The Ozzie Cooks scored the opening try of the match in the sixth minute through winger Pakia Wichman after he superbly followed up Aaron Teroi’s kick. Sato Opo’s extras gave the Ozzies a 6-0 lead.
The side extended its lead in the 21st minute to 12-0. Two minutes later, the Ozzie Cooks took advantage of lazy defending from the hosts and a quick play saw William Samuels take the ball, throw a dummy and go straight through the defence to score. Jarred Muller’s conversion saw the side lead 18-0 at the break.
The Residents came back more organised in the second spell and some constructive play allowed lanky Rangi Piri to power through the try line.
Junior Kiriau converted the try as the Residents trailed 6-18.
Another blunder by the Residents allowed Ozzie Cooks to bounce back and extend their lead in the 48th minute, when Josh Minhinick made an intercept and ran 80 metres to score a brilliant try. Ozzie Cooks were up by 24-6.
A defiant Residents side got their second try when Tama Hunter barged his way across the whitewash to cushion the deficit to 24-12.
In the 76th minute, the Residents were back on attack after some dominant play by the forwards down the middle and Arii Nicholas crossed the line for their third try.
Despite their brilliant effort in the second spell, the Residents lost the match 18-24.
Today, the Ozzie Cooks will play the Motu Koita team from Papua New Guinea at 5pm at the BCI Stadium after the women’s match at 4pm. The Residents will take on the Motu Koita on Saturday at 4pm.
Cook Islands Resident XIII team – James Strickland, Storm Ruatoe, Kane Kamana, Jovilisi Naqitawa, Reece Wichman, Junior Kiriau, Basil Matapo, Toru Katuke, Aberahama Tauta, Oswel Tunupopo, Oki Naea, Arii Nicholas, Rangi Piri, Tanire Heather, Tama Hunter, Logan Perenise, Robert Heather
Cook Islands Australia team – Leo Roa, Jarred Muller, Josh Minhinick, Pakia Wichman, Sato Opo, Jean Luc Knox, Aaron Teroi, Eric Newbigging, Clive Nicholas, Leki Vahe, William Samuels, Lai Rogorogoivalu, Terry Glassie, Noah Eastern, Bren dan Smith, Malcom Uri, Henry Manu, Elias Rutene.