Rugby

Fijians Hit Top Form

In atrocious conditions on Thursday night at BankWest Stadiun, the Fijian scored a try off a bomb in each half, leaping high above his Storm opponents in spectacular style.
23 Mar 2021 14:44
Fijians Hit Top Form
Paramatta Eels , Maika Sivo. Photo: NRL

Fijians hit top form in round two of the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia last weekend.

Parramatta Eels cult figure Maika Sivo and Penrith Panthers hitman Viliame Kikau both scored a double in wins over Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs respectively.

Sivo was in devastating form in the 16-12 over the Storm while Kikau was unstoppable in the 28-0 over the hapless ‘Dogs.

But the spotlight was on Sivo who has developed into the best try-scorer from bombs in the NRL

In atrocious conditions on Thursday night at BankWest Stadiun, the Fijian scored a try off a bomb in each half, leaping high above his Storm opponents in spectacular style.

His second try – which proved the winner – from a Mitchell Moses high kick, brought back memories of Steve Gearin’s unforgettable try for Canterbury against Easts in the 1980 grand final.

Sivo snubs code switch to pen new Parra deal

Sivo will this week inks a new contract locking him down in the blue and gold fold until at least the end of 2022.

The hero of the Eels epic upset over premiers Melbourne, Fox Sports has learned Sivo will shun big-money offers from European rugby union to put pen to paper to remain in Parramatta.

The deal will be worth in excess of $400,000 per season and is expected to be one-year for 2022 plus a one-year option in Sivo’s favour for 2023.

The Fijian wrecking ball further underlined his value to the Eels with a rampaging display against the Storm.

According to the Fox Sports Lab, the powerful left winger had 18 runs for 170m, four tackle busts, one line break and scored two tries.

Sivo, 27, continues to be one of the NRL’s feel good stories after being scouted from Fiji and moving to Australia to play for the Gundagai Tigers.

The Eels flyer is originally from the tiny Fijian village of Momi, Nadroga.

Since joining the Eels for pre-season training in 2019, Sivo has quickly established cult figure status at BankWest Stadium and scored 39 tries in just 48 NRL appearances.

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