CENTRE Viliame Kikau put on a man of the match performance to guide the Marist U19 side to a narrow 14-12 win over Lomaivuna yesterday.
The match was the feature match between the two in the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League competition at the Veiuto Primary Schools grounds.
Kikau, who has been eyed by National Rugby League (NRL) club North Queensland Cowboys, was instrumental in all three tries that were scored by the Marist side.
FSSRL secretary Biu Colati said Kikau's contribution in the match was outstanding.
He said the player managed to perform well despite the muddy ground conditions.
"It's no wonder the Cowboys are after him (Kikau)," Colati said.
"Today (yesterday) we came here to see why the Cowboys were interested in Kikau and after the match it was quite evident this player is a star in the making," he said.
"His workrate on the field is tremendous, he was equally good in defence and attack and was the person moving the ball into space that eventually led to tries."
Lomaivuna also managed to score three tries in the match however missed conversions cost them that match.
"Lomaivuna's tries were results of silly mistakes by Marist.
"They did not play a constructive game like Marist but they made use of their opportunities.
"Marist played the game in close quarters but Lomaivuna played a spread-out game."
Colati commended the young players for the way they have adapted to rugby league.
"The ground conditions really affected the matches here today (yesterday) but the improvement the players have shown is really good.
"The kids have really adapted to the game well and this is a good sign for rugby league in the country," he said.
In another interesting clash, Lelean Memorial School thrashed Suva Grammar School 20-6.