The local women’s side went down 21-7 to tournament hosts Fiji in their Pool B match early yesterday afternoon.
However, the local ladies had little time to lick their wounds as they laced up to face an even bigger challenge against the tournament favourites, the New Zealand Black Ferns, before facing New Caledonia in their final pool match.
The national men’s sevens squad got their Oceania Sevens Championships off to a strong start with a confident 24-5 win against Vanuatu.
The win provided a much-needed boost for the local men’s team, which was scheduled to face Australia in their final match of day one of the tournament.
Today the men will be separated from the boys as the contest heads into the business end.
Qualification to take part in the 2018/2019 HSBC World Sevens Series is on the cards for the highest placed non-core team at the championships in Fiji.
Games are being streamed live online and will be aired on local television.
Check out the Cook Islands Rugby Union Facebook page for regular updates on the Cook Islands sevens progress at the Oceania Sevens Championships in Suva, Fiji.