US upsets Cook Islands in Rugby League WCup debut
BRISTOL, England -- Captain Joseph Paulo scored two tries and the United States won its Rugby League World Cup debut, beating the Cook Islands 32-20 at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.
Aside from his pair, the NRL-based standoff had a hand in two more tries and made four of his eight goalkicks.
The tournament's last two teams to see action couldn't be separated until the end, much to the delight of the crowd of 7,200.
The U.S. pulled away in the nine minutes with tries for replacement Mark Offerdahl from a Paulo offload, and scrumhalf Craig Preistly. Paulo converted that sixth and last try and then capped a memorable night with his second penalty.
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