World champions New Zealand gave a menacing pre-World Cup performance as Doncaster was delivered a taste of the South Seas.
The Kiwis delivered an expected dominant performance against Cook Islands, running out 50-0 winners.
Both sides produced awe-inspiring versions of the Haka prior to kick off, sending incredible noise thundering around the Keepmoat Stadium. A crowd of 4,638 showed a strong appetite for top class rugby league in South Yorkshire, despite the county not being awarded with a host venue for the World Cup, which begins on Saturday.
They were treated to an impressive show despite the Kiwis missing some of their biggest names, including the man considered the best in the world Sonny Bill Williams.
And the Cook Islands certainly played their part, unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. New Zealand opened the scoring after ten minutes when Jason Nightingale collected a kick from Shaun Johnson who went on to convert.
Elijah Taylor then raced over as the Kiwis’ class began to show, with tries from Manu Vatuvei and Bryson Goodwin following before the break.
The decision to disallow a try for the Cook Islands early in the second half proved unpopular. And it proved to be the nearest they got to a score as New Zealand surged clear.
The Kiwis were awarded a penalty try, converted by Locke.
And Goodwin grabbed a second before Frank Pritchard broke and played in Johnson to score another.
Tries from Kevin Locke and Nightingale rounded off the scoring for the Kiwis.
The game was a fitting culmination of a memorable week in Doncaster, with both nations winning hearts and minds from in the town.