BIRTHDAY boy Tikiko Noke scored a try to help the Lautoka Crushers to a 26-5 win over Lami Steelers in the under-18 final of the Vodafone Cup on Saturday.
Noke, captain of the Islands Electric-sponsored side, turned 18 on the day of the game and he said he never expected to make an impact on the match as he was very nervous.
He said after he scored the first try for his team, he became confident and went on to hoist the trophy he had wished for in his birthday wish.
"I was very nervous because two days earlier I had told you (Times Sport) that my wish was to win and I was afraid we might lose," the Lomanikoro, Rewa lad said.
Lami had taken a 1-nil lead early in the match thanks to field goal to Alipate Varia but Noke's try started an onslaught that the Eastern side did not expect.
As the match wore on Noke's influence on the match also became evident as he was involved in nearly all aspects of play, both attack and defence. The Lautoka Central College student marshalled his side to a 26-1 lead till Watisoni Ratulevu scored a consolation try for the Steelers.
"Now my aim to give my best performance for Lautoka in the inter-zone so I get selected in the Fiji Residents team and as I told you earlier my eventual aim is to play for the Fiji Bati in next year's Rugby League World Cup," he said.
Noke is one of the secondary school players who received a scholarship from the Newcastle Knights in Australia this year.