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Kamikamica Continues To Impress Storm Coaches

Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Tui Kamikamica has “done himself a lot of favours” in his first run with the Melbourne Storm, according to a prominent club official. The hulking 22-year-old
15 Feb 2017 11:00
Kamikamica Continues To Impress Storm Coaches
Storm player Tui Kamikamica after the NRL trial at Bokarina last Saturday night.

Vodafone Fijian Bati prop Tui Kamikamica has “done himself a lot of favours” in his first run with the Melbourne Storm, according to a prominent club official.

The hulking 22-year-old former Queen Victoria School student was forceful in attack and dogged in defence during a 30-18 trial win over New Zealand Warriors in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 at the upgraded Sunshine Coast Stadium last Saturday night.

And the effort appears to have enhanced his claims for an NRL debut this season.

“He’s a tough guy, he’s got a good motor and he’s only going to get better and better,” Storm assistant coach Adam O’Brien told Noosa News.

“Really happy with Tui. I thought he did himself a lot of favours in terms of his positioning in that team.”

Kamikamica, at 190cm and 210kg, was initially recruited by the Falcons, the state league’s NRL affiliate.

“Melbourne saw him in action there and was quick to sign him for this season. He’s relished the pre-season training.

“I’ve seen a massive improvement in Tui since he’s arrived to us,” O’Brien said.

“He’s got a great attitude and wants to get better.”

While Storm coach Craig Bellamy traditionally prefers to develop new club players before handing them a debut, Kamikamica’s rapid rise could see him pitched into the fray earlier than first thought. O’Brien, who was caretaker coach of the Storm on Saturday night, was also impressed with another ex-Falcon.

Ball player Ryley Jacks showed maturity in the outing, with a deft chip kick leading to a crucial four-pointer amid his highlights.

“He looked really good,” O’Brien said.

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