Hunt hails fellow NRL convert Koroibete

Karmichael Hunt has hailed fellow rugby league convert Marika Koiribete after his standout performance for the Wallabies against England.

On a bitterly disappointing afternoon at Twickenham for Australia, the flying winger’s performance was a highlight as the former Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers NRL star announced himself to the northern hemisphere teams.

The 25-year-old was involved in both of the disallowed tries that caused so much contention in the 30-6 defeat.

He showed off his defensive qualities against the second-ranked side in the world after the Wallabies were reduced to 13 men due to the first-half yellow cards to Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale.

Koroibete also showed a clean pair of heels more than once to England wide man Jonny May, who had been compared to Usain Bolt by sections of the local media before the match.

Former Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australia fullback Hunt believes Koiribete is already up there with the best wingers in the world, just two months into his international career.

“Marika has just been killling it,” Hunt said.

“His pace and speed … I don’t think I’ve seen anyone quicker off the mark.

“He’s tough as well and I like that about him. He’ll come off his mark and he’ll look to hurt people.

“He’s the complete package for a winger.

“Everyone loves playing with him and he gives 100 per cent every time. He’s a guy you want to play football with.”

Hunt, who played 11 rugby league internationals for the Kangaroos and was a State of Origin representative on 10 occasions, believes Koiribete’s NRL grounding is serving him well in union.

“You don’t survive league unless you are tough,” he said.

“He played footy pretty well for the Storm so there is a bit of league in his DNA.”

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