He may be one of the NRL’s most prolific try scorers, but Parramatta Eels winger Maika Sivo has also been outed as a “fibber”.
During Sunday’s match against the Cronulla Sharks at Jubilee Stadium, Sivo claimed a try which he had not even come close to scoring.
In the fifth minute of the round 13 clash, Eels playmaker Dylan Brown grubbered the footy towards the left corner flag, with Sivo giving chase.
The 26-year-old lunged for the ball along with Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo, and the Fijian immediately jumped to his feet and celebrated with his teammates.
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“I think Sivo’s got there before Ronaldo!” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss cried.
“Mulitalo doesn’t look confident, but Sivo certainly does.”
However, replays showed Sivo had failed to ground the ball, instead knocking the ball forward while attempting to complete the try.
Maika Sivo is the leading try scorer for the Parramatta Eels this season.Source:Getty Images
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“Wow, that’s massive fibbing,” Voss said.
“That’s immortal fibbing for mine. That’s not even close from Maika; he couldn’t possibly have thought he had forced this ball, no way.
“Fibber. Wonderful try scorer, but a fibber as well.”
Penrith Panthers great Greg Alexander elaborated: “He had his hands at the side of the ball instead of over the top of the ball.
“That’s one of the big reasons why he didn’t score that try.”
Sivo has scored 11 tries in the 2020 premiership to date, one behind competition leader Sione Katoa.
In horrifically wet conditions, both sides struggled to combat the dense rain which left thick puddles on the field.
Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb tweeted: “You could kick a grubber as hard as you possibly can and it’s not going dead in these conditions.”
NRL.com editor in chief Paul Suttor cheekily tweeted: “Sharks and Eels should do well in the wet.”
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Neither side was capable of mustering a point in the opening 15 minutes, but Brown dived over to put Parramatta on the board.
But the Sharks returned serve after centre Jesse Ramien managed a miraculous try in the 26th minute, grounding the ball inches from the dead ball line as rainwater sprayed in all directions.
Cronulla almost repeated the effort in the 34th minute when Mulitalo seemingly scored, but the Bunker adjudicated the New Zealand prodigy was off-side.
The Eels went on to secure a narrow 14-12 victory, their 11th win of the season. Mulitalo scored a double for the Sharks, who were left to rue missing three conversion attempts.
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