Two years after making the switch that breathed life back into his NRL career, Marika Koroibete displayed why he is one of the competition’s most dangerous wingers on Saturday night.
Turning out for his 50th Storm game as Melbourne faced reigning premiers North Queensland in Townsville, the Fijian Flyer’s stellar performance in his milestone match showcased why he didn’t take long to become a fan favourite of the purple faithful.
Not only did Koroibete score a spectacular try which saw him soar through the air like Superman and make set off on a breathtaking breakaway during the second half, the 24-year old brought his trademark aggressiveness to the contest which his teammates love.
“He typifies what this Melbourne Storm team is about,” halfback Cooper Cronk said post match.
“If it’s important to Marika then it’s important to all of us.
“There is no doubt he is a fan favourite but he’s also a teammate favourite.”
“He does a really good job, he played his role exceptionally well for us tonight - he does it all the time.”
Koroibete has scored 11 tries so far in 2016 and sits second at the Club behind fellow Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu. Since making the switch to Melbourne he boasts the envious record of 33 tries from 50 games in purple. As the season rolls on Koroibete will be key to Melbourne’s hopes and ambitions for the remainder of the year.