STORMING THROUGH: Former Melbourne under 20s player Aleki Falepaini has the craft and skill only class acts possess.
STORMING THROUGH: Former Melbourne under 20s player Aleki Falepaini has the craft and skill only class acts possess. Rob Williams

Former Storm 20s star inspiring the Bombers

ALEKI Falepaini has been in the Melbourne Storm system and played Intrust Super Cup, but he has never enjoyed his football as much as he does now.

It certainly shows, as the Fassifern lock put on a stunning display of running and passing skills in the 74-nil demolition of Swifts at Purga.

Falepaini has played Intrust Super Cup with the CQ Capras and Mackay Cutters previously.

He was a Melbourne Storm under 20s player, but says he feels more able to showcase his skills at the Bombers.

"I have always had a passing game but I never really had the team to properly use it,” he said.

"But with these guys you just give them the ball early and they just take off and score awesome tries.

"I have played Q Cup but I feel a lot better playing with these guys.

"I learned a lot of my skills at Melbourne but the teams I have played for are structured. These guys are off the cuff.”

Assistant coach and injured captain Scott Ireland said Falepaini was "exceptional”.

"He clearly shows that he has played at a higher level,” Ireland said.

"We had a couple of experienced players out like David Fa'alogo and he was the cool head.

"It shows that he is enjoying his footy.”

Centre Marika Kuriyalavou notched a hat-trick on the right and out-scored his fellow Fijian centre partner Leveni Kurimalawai, who has been a try scoring machine in 2017.

"It shows we have got attack on both sides,” Ireland said.

"The best thing about those two guys is that they are a work in progress. They have all the raw ability to go to the next level and we will help them on their path.”

Five-eighth Aaron Adcock keeps on chalking up the points and had a 30-point haul courtesy of two tries and 11 goals.

A sweet striker of his goal kicks, Adcock was also sharp in general play with a try from the scrum base and another off a Falepaini pass.

"We are very lucky to have Aaron,” Ireland said.

"He has come to the club and works with one of our locals Mick Hayes. He loves it.

"This is one of his first years of rugby league but he's played a lot of rugby before. He is just a talented footballer.”

Swifts coach Steve O'Connell said it was a tough day at the office.

"It is tough when you start with eight fresh players. We had three or four boys who played three games today,” he said.

"We are a bit down on troops but hopefully we can bounce back and give the finals a crack.”

O'Connell said Sonny Appo was his best at fullback with his talk and positive play.



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