THE Cook Islands is keen to emulate its achievements at last year's Oceania 7s Championship and qualify for the Hong Kong 7s tournament.
The Chad Tuoro-coached side made a good start to its campaign in the 2013 Oceania 7s at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday, finishing second in Pool B.
The side defeated Papua New Guinea 14-10 in its opening pool match before being hammered by the Digicel Fiji team 0-41.
In its final pool match, the Cook Islands defeated Tuvalu 28-10 to remain in frame of a top finish in the tournament, which ends today.
Coach Tuoro applauded his players' efforts.
"We are happy with that performance and with the second place finish in our pool," he said.
"We qualified through Oceania last year to play in the Hong Kong 7s this year and the aim is to qualify for Hong Kong 7s again next year but then hopefully finish as high as we can to get a place in the Commonwealth Games."
The Oceania 7s allows the top two placed non-core teams, which excludes Fiji, Australia and Samoa, an entry to next year's Hong Kong 7s, including the opportunity later to qualify for the main HSBC Sevens World Series.
Tuoro said they were on track to achieving their goal of becoming one of the core 7s nations as the game gains popularity in the Cook Islands.