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Fijian duo help Storm

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FIJIAN rugby league speed merchant Marika Koroibete has once again hit the headlines with an outstanding performance for Melbourne Storm — scoring a try in his second game after joing the team from Wests Tigers.

And combining with his Fiji Bati teammate Sisa Waqa has added flair, pace and power to the Storms.

Fiji Bati manager Mesake Navugona said the inclusion of Koroibete was a huge booster to the Storms NRL campaign.

The former dual international said the combination of Waqa and Koroibete would ignite fire in the Storms backline.

"Tigers loss is Storms gain," said Navugona.

"Koroibete and Waqa were Fiji's impact players at the recent world cup and they have matured in their positions.

"Koroibete has the abilities to score tries as evident in his second match for Storms over the weekend.

"His inclussion is a huge boost to Sisa and his Storms teammates.

"And with Cameron Smith and Billy Slater playing beside them, the duo will create havoc for other teams."

The duo raised eyebrows in their first game of the season together on Saturday night.

They scored a try each and together gained 324 metres as their team downed Raiders 28-14.

In an interview with the NRL website, Waqa said he was excited to play alongside his fellow countrymen.

"I told Bellyache I was excited to play alongside him tonight," Waqa told

"It is something that we talk about … especially two Fijians on either flank and with Billy, Coops and Chambers on either side of us.

"But at the end of the day we still need to work hard and make sure we earn our spots for the team."

Waqa who is the club leading try scorer for the season said his aim was to improve his game after being dropped from the side few weeks ago.

"It was a wake-up call for me personally," said Waqa.

"This club is all about consistency and that is something I felt I was lacking for the last six weeks.

"We spoke about that when he asked me to go and play for the weekend.

"He said if I play good then I would come straight back into the side which happened tonight."

Waqa has now scored 11 tries in 16 games this season while Koroibete has scored 13 times in his 18 NRL games.

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