Rebels say Marika Koroibete's play involves more than tries

The Finisher: Rebels’ winger Marika Koroibete.

Marika Koroibete knows scoring tries is not his be all and end all.

The Fijian born Wallabies winger is known for his scoring, especially in his NRL career with Melbourne Storm, and a large part of the reason the Wallabies recruited him from their rival code was for his speed and finishing skills.

But Melbourne Rebels see just as much value in Koroibete’s physical play, his support work and his energy plays as they know the tries won’t always be there.

In Friday night’s 40-13 win over the Tokyo Sunwolves, Koroibete finally had the ball bounce his way as he scored a hat-trick and boosted his season tally to four tries.

“Finally,” Koroibete said.

“It’s good to score some tries again and get over the line.

“I have been in the wrong position at the wrong time, it’s a team effort and it doesn’t bother me at all as long as I put my everything into every play.

“It’s good to finish off a play, it’s sometimes frustrating but as long as I put effort in then I’m happy with it.”

Rebels captain Adam Coleman said Koroibete offered more than just tries.

“One of Marika’s best assets is that he does his role really well for the team and when he gets his opportunities he puts his hand up and finishes tries,” Coleman said.

“He can score a lot of tries if you give him the ball. He has been fantastic for us and I’m sure he will continue to be.”

Rebels coach Dave Wessels said Koroibete’s grunt work made a difference to the side with the Rebels remaining hot on the heels of Australian conference leaders NSW Waratahs after their bonus point win over the Japanese side.

“If you go back and look at Jack Maddocks’ try against the Brumbies two weeks ago,” Wessels said. “We make a line break [to set it up] and the guy who cleans is Marika who comes flying in from nowhere and, because we get that quick ball we score, Maddocks scores.

“The fact he was prepared to hit that break down like he did, we feel that is the making of a good team.”

Koroibete’s tries will help push his case with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to be named in the squad for the three-test series against Ireland in June with Cheika’s team expected to come out this week.

But when it comes to talking about Maddocks, who has spent much of the season on the other wing scoring eight tries, Koroibete has no doubts the young back is ready for the Wallabies.

“He is just natural,” Koroibete said.

“For me I think he is ready for the Wallabies. We went to the spring tour last year and he built up so quickly, whatever the coach told him to do he did at training.

“My personal view is he is ready.”

Coleman is likely to be picked as a lock for the Wallabies and he agreed Maddocks was ready but may have to be patient.

“Jack is a talent and he has done everything he can do to put his best foot forward for selection,” Coleman said.

“He is a character on and off the field and he will have a great career.”

The Rebels play the Blues in Auckland on Saturday at 3.15pm.

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