Koroibete encouraged to play natural game

Date published: March 3 2017

New Rebels signing Marika Koroibete has been encouraged to play his natural game in his debut against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

The 24-year-old will make his first appearance in Rebels colours after a knee injury sidelined the winger for the club’s two pre-season trial matches and last week’s opening round loss to the Blues.

Koroibete, one of three changes to the starting line up for the second round with hooker James Hanson and centre Mitch Inman, will provide some important firepower against the defending champions.

“It’s a great opportunity for Marika to get a start,” McGahan told the Melbourne Rebels website.

“He’s missed out the last few weeks of training so it’s an opportunity to play and he just needs to do the things that come naturally to him.

“He’s missed out the last few weeks of training so it’s an opportunity to play and he just needs to do the things that come naturally to him.

“We’ll continue to work on those as we go forward but getting him on the pitch and letting him play and then we can get a marker for where he’s at.”

McGahan said the focus this week has been on improving the side’s repeat efforts and kicking game to limit the dangerous Hurricanes.

“First and foremost, what we want to address from last week is our work rate off the ball,” McGahan said.

“Probably the biggest thing for us is our kicking accuracy and our chase which solves a lot of issues that were there last week. I’m sure we’ll get that this week.”

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