While his Wallabies teammates describe him as a “freak” and his coach says he’s never seen a winger like him, Marika Koroibete says he’s just repaying Australia for all it has given his family.
The Australians clinched a 25-17 victory over South Africa at Adelaide Oval on Saturday to keep alive their chances of winning the Rugby Championship.
Man of the match Koroibete was integral, the Fijian flyer mobbed by his Wallabies teammates after pulling off a massive hit that stopped a certain Springboks try.
He then scored himself early in the second half to help the home side to the rousing win.
With fellow winger Tom Wright in the sin bin, the Australians were under heavy fire late in the first half and South Africa spread the ball wide to Makazole Mapimpi.
As he charged to the line Koroibete sprinted 40 metres from his own wing and smashed Mapimpi, who spilt the ball as he flew through the air.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said the former NRL star, who has now played 48 Tests, always gave his all to the team.
“He’s incredible and what you see on Saturdays is what you see every day at training – he is just full on,” Rennie said.
“If we kick a ball, he is at full pace chasing, he is concrete when he hits, his work ethic is phenomenal, I haven’t seen another winger like it.
“He’s not a big man but powerful and and he’s all over the park. You have a look at his numbers, they’re outrageous.”