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Watch: Marika Koroibete produces spectacular finish with aerial brilliance

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

Star Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete has pulled off a spectacular aerial acrobatic finish with his latest try in the Japan Rugby League One for the Saitama Wild Knights.

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The Fijian-born flyer is renown for his speed and physical play but the Wallaby showed his incredible skill and vision to perfectly time a dive in order to squeeze a one-handed put down inside the corner flag.

With the Wild Knights taking a 14-7 lead, a bomb on a piece of counter-attack bounced fortuitously into the arms of Koroibete after fullback Ryuji Noguchi was able to bat back his own kick.

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Toyota’s Kiwi flyhalf Tiaan Falcon was tasked with cutting the angle off for Koroibete but he was unable to catch him completely, while the Wild Knights’ wing timed his approach to leap out of bounds and place the ball inside the corner post.

Koroibete’s try gave the Wild Knights a comfortable 21-7 lead after 25 minutes, after tries to Springbok lock Lood de Jager and openside Itsuki Onishi.

The Wallabies wing then turned up in defence, coming up with a number of signature clutch tackles to hold the Verblitz out as they made a comeback.

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In the 71st minute he grabbed his double with a trademark pick-and-go carry from close range where he rolled over in the tackle to finish the try.

The 34-19 win propelled the Wild Knights to four wins from four to start the season and maintained their top spot in division one.

In other Sunday action, the Black Rams Tokyo won 34-22 at Shizuoka Blue Revs with Australian Matt McGahan having a starring role with 24 points, while former New Zealand age grade star Malo Tuitama produced a brilliant solo try for the Blue Revs.

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Mzilikazi 1 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

An hugely interesting article. Thanks, Nick. Some seem to find this a poor 6 N, but I think it has thrown up a number of fascinating contests. Ofc the falling away of France is always going to be a major point of discussion. The loss of both half backs has hurt them for sure. But they should still be better. Both France and England could easily have been sitting with three defeats right now, especially France. In England’s case, I thought the try Mitchell scored against the Italians was lucky, as he was clearly held in the tackle , but carried on to the line without releasing and regaining the ball. The English blitz defence being talked about so much is still a work in progress, and Ireland, with their powerful men in both backs and forwards can do damage there. I also thought in last weekends game against Scotland, England were pushingtheir luck at the breakdowns, turning them into a chaotic brawl. A different referee may not see it their way so much against Ireland and France. Ireland’s front row does concern me. The starters have not always looked in control, and Andrew Porter is a worry, as he will now be very closely watched in these next two games. Tadgh Furlong is not the player he was at the set piece, and will need to be on his mettle against the very streetwise Genge at Twickenham. I really enjoyed the stats heavy approach in this article. So much that passes one by are brought starkly into the light of day. Finn Russell’s deadly accuracy, the significance of the Welsh backrow duo, Italy’s attacking drop of under a new coach, as they are coming much closer to winning in these games this year.

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