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Koroibete finds a new home in Melbourne

Step aside Sisa Waqa, there is a new Fijian Flyer in Melbourne town.

Former Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete is quick, powerful and plays the game of rugby league with a take-no-prisoners approach.

If you wish to question that, just ask Tigers fullback Mitchell Moses.

Moses was steamrolled by Koroibete like a mere tackle bag as the Storm recruit made it two tries against the side he parted ways with just over a month ago.

"It was a tough game, it was a bit hard for me to get out there and face my old club," Koroibete told NRL.com

"Last week I trained really hard and the coach asked me how I was feeling going up against my old team, he said to be excited and go out and do my best for the team.

"To come away with the win and score two tries… it was good to win against them."

The scary thing is Koroibete is just 22 years of age.

With 16 tries from 20 NRL games so far in his career, the sky looks to be the limit for this excitement machine – though his path has not been so smooth since his debut in 2012 when he claimed the Tigers Rookie of the Year award.

Last season was one to forget for Koroibete.

A number of injuries, most notably a dislocated elbow and a fractured cheekbone, restricted him to just nine games last year.

His run of poor luck even extended to November's World Cup, when he was a late starter to Tigers pre-season training after a visa complication in London following his stint with Fiji.

After that, despite showing strong form in the NSW Cup, Koroibete was unable to break into the club's NRL side.

The Storm came-a-knocking and on June 23 the Fijian was on his way down to cold and dreary Melbourne.

More than a month on and the winger appears well settled in his new surroundings, having cemented a spot on the wing with four tries in his past three games.

Another big settler has been having a fellow Fijian, Sisa Waqa, around the club.

Coach Craig Bellamy even admitted he would have to start learning Fijian to keep up with what the two speedsters were saying to one another.

Though their partnership will only be short-lived before Waqa departs for Canberra at seasons' end, the pairing has been a blistering success.

In their first game together against the Raiders in Round 19, Koroibete and Waqa combined for 324 metres and a try apiece.

Though competent in English, Koroibete admits having a fellow countryman to lean on at the Storm has helped the mid-season move. 

"I am really enjoying it," said Koroibete.

"It is a big boost for me, he is helping me a lot, especially communicating in Fijian.

"It is more easy because to speak in English is a bit weird for us so it helps us a lot."

Koroibete and his teammates are currently on a training camp at Terrigal on the Central Coast as the Storm manage a five-day turnaround for what will be their third consecutive away game.

Melbourne take on the Knights at 5.30pm on Saturday at Hunter Stadium.

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