The puppet master

Action from Natabua and Nasinu during the under 17 Vodafone School Rugby League quater finals at Bidesi grounds yesterday. Picture: RAMA

UNDER-19 Nasinu Secondary School Panthers rugby league pivot, Ponipate Komai, is focused on one day joining the Kaiviti Silktails to play the sport he loves.

“It is my aim to play in the Kaiviti Silktails but it comes with hard work and that’s what I need to do,” Komai said.

The young warrior from Waikete Village in Tailevu displayed the skills of a puppet master leading his side to a 32-10 win over the Nasikawa Vision College Knights during their national quarter-final clash at Buckhurst ground yesterday.

“I try not to think that it was my own skills, but I only work with what the Almighty has blessed me with.”

Komai stole the show, with his general vision and superb game impressing fans on both sides of the table.

The 19-year-old said if fate decides he was hopeful of fullfilling a dream to play for his favourite National Rugby League club Penrith Panthers alongside idol Viliame Kikau.

“He is one of my favourite players and one I look up to.”

Komai said he also followed rugby league icon Cooper Cronk’s game which had taught him to lead his own style of play.

“I try to do better every day, and it takes commitment, I’m ready to make the sacrifice and thank my parents for being in my corner all the way.”

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