Sharks forward David Fifita introduces his fend to Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks during NRL All Stars game.

David desperate to escape brother's shadow

In terms of their respective football careers, David Fifita has lived in his twin brother Andrew's shadow for his entire life.

The more renowned Fifita brother has already represented New South Wales and Australia. But David got one back last month when he played his first game for the Indigenous All Stars. 

His starring role – he ran for over 100 metres in a team severely lacking in props – Fifita is now concentrating on playing more first grade games, as well as his first NRL win, a feat which has escaped the 25-year-old in his three games thus far.

Using the NRL All Stars game as a way to gain exposure away from Andrew, Fifita couldn't help but notice his brother on the big screen just as much as him while he was playing what he described as his "best performance in first grade football".

"Andrew's always in the spotlight and for once it was my turn to try and shine and rise up to a new level. All the cameras were on me for once but they were on him too throughout the game," Fifita told NRL.com.

"Everytime I had a hit-up I'd see him on the big screen afterwards – I was like 'what's going on here? C'mon guys I'm playing right now'.

"[In saying that] it was a very good experience to be able to explore that side of my culture. Coming back here with all that experience now – I'm still on that rookie level sure – but taking on the guys that I did it boosts my confidence greatly."

Not that David is jealous of his brother. In fact, the late-bloomer is both Andrew's biggest fan and critic and the same applies vice-versa. Along with coach Shane Flanagan and the Sharks' senior players, Fifita is inspired to reach greater heights in 2015.

 "I always have Andrew by my side telling me where I'm going wrong and everything so he's pretty much fixing my mistakes and I'll try and help him out with his," Fifita said.

"On top of that, having Flanno back is a real up for me. He's telling me where I'm going wrong and where I'm going right and what I need to do.

"That's one thing for me. If my expectations of myself aren't up to everyone's standards then I'll feel bad so I'm trying to push for this first grade spot to make myself and them happy.

"If I'm seeing smiles on their faces then I know I'm doing a good job. Playing alongside Micky Ennis in our last trial was great. He kept pushing me and it's got me all excited and keen to earn that first grade spot."

With Sam Tagataese fighting to be fit for Round 1, an opportunity for Fifita may present itself for the season-opener. 

Forwards Tinirau Arona, Paul Gallen and Anthony Tupou are all capable of playing in the front row to accompany Andrew, however none of them quite match the size that David brings to the bench. 

"We still have some added depth in the front row like Anthony Tupou probably will come off the bench into the front row and he's solid for us in terms of his offloads and everything like that but hopefully I can start in Round 1," Fifita said.

"But really, I just can't wait to play a game alongside my brother."