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By LEONE CABENATABUA
Upcoming Fijian winger Marika Koroibete was rushed into the Wests Tigers NRL first grade line-up on Monday night.
Injury woes forced Tigers coach Tim Sheens to field the 19-year-old speedster who has scored 13 tries in the NRL Toyota Cup (Under-20) competition.
It was a bad start for Koroibete as they were thrashed 32-6 by South Sydney who had Vodafone Fiji Bati prospect John Sutton as skipper.
Fiji National Rugby League interim administrator Tomi Finau said Koroibete should not be disheartened by the loss but to work hard and main his stay in the NRL competition.
“Marika was rushed in at the eleventh hour and he played well despite that it was his NRL debut,” Finau said of the former Nasinu Secondary School fullback.
“Marika has been one of the FNRL products from the secondary school competition and give him time he will soon become a try scoring sensation just like what he did in the NRL Toyota Cup (Under-20) competition for the past two years where he scored the most tries.”
He indicated that FNRL would always continue on to assist Koroibete and hope to secure his services for next year’s Rugby League World Cup in London.