THE Cook Islands has to dig deeper if they want to create a major upset against Fiji this evening.
The Margaret Foster-coached side does not look as threatening as many would have thought after their unconvincing 62-56 win over a spirited Papua New Guinea (PNG) side last night.
Cook Islands, which finished second in the LICI Pacific Netball Series (PNS) last year, lost their opening match against Samoa 40-49 and will be out to restore the pride against Fiji today.
"We needed to redeem ourselves (last night) after our disappointing loss (to Samoa). We needed to improve on our games and focus on what we are here for," skipper Ritua Aliivaa said.
"We will relook at our performance (from the PNG game) and look at ways to improve on it (before facing Fiji)."
PNG skipper Lua Rikis said they tried their best but were unable to match the experience of their opponents.
Rikis said they would be working on their weaknesses to secure their first win against Samoa in their final match this afternoon.
"Samoa gave a good game to Fiji and we will not take them lightly. We will go out and give out best in the last game," she said.
"We just need to work on being more consistent because we were doing some good phases (against Cooks) but then we stopped and they came back."
Fiji coach Unaisi Rokoura said they would be working on the video footage of their matches to work out an effective plan against the Cook Islands.
"Cooks have nothing to lose and they will come out firing just like the Samoans," Rokoura said.
"We got the game on footage and we will relook at our game and plan ways to counter the Cook Islands."