WEST Tigers smashing winger Marika Koroibete is relishing the opportunity to don the national jumper come the Rugby League World Cup in England this month and the 21-year-old proved on the field how much the blue and white uniform meant to him.
Koroibete ran in a hat-trick of tries and was in scintillating form during the warm-up match where the Vodafone Fiji Bati demolished the Fiji President's XIII 50-12 on Friday at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.
Despite the performance, Koroibete said there were still things he and his teammates needed to work on before their first game against Ireland.
"It has been eight weeks since I was off the field so I need to work on some things," the Namosi native said.
"I need to work on my footwork and ball handling better."
Speaking to Times Sport, Koroibete said the warm-up match was essential to see which players worked well with each other and also gave them the chance to identify some areas in their line of play that needed work.
"I know I can do better than what I performed here tonight.
"We had an edge against our opponents because our game plan was good.
"The boys were pretty good and the performance from the President's side was commendable.
"We need to work on our markers and talk more — communicate better on the field.
"This is especially for the local boys."
Koroibete said the time spent in the country this week had been good for team bonding.
The Vodafone Fiji Bati leave the country for England tomorrow.