Watch: Kevin Naiqama scores first Roosters try on NRL return

Steven Hughes
Kevin Naiqama NRL return

Former St Helens and Fiji international centre Kevin Naiqama marked his NRL return with a try for Sydney Roosters.

Naiqama joined the Roosters after leaving St Helens following a Harry Sunderland Trophy winning performance as the Saints made it three Super League titles in a row.

Naiqama scored a try double to help St Helens record a 12-10 victory over League Leaders and Grand Final debutants Catalans.

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He made his first appearance back in the NRL against North Queensland Cowboys, and marked the occasion with a try.

The 33-year-old scored the Roosters’ fourth try as they ran out 28-4 winners at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

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Naiqama was making his first NRL appearance since 2018, when he played for Wests Tigers.  He spent three years at the Tigers, before making the move to Super League.

Before then, he started his career at Newcastle Knights. He spent three years there and made 15 appearances, scoring nine tries.

He then spent a year at Penrith Panthers, scoring eight tries in nine appearances for them back in 2014.

At the Tigers, Naiqama made 90 appearances, scoring 35 tries.

Meanwhile, on the international stage, Naiqama has represented Fiji at the last two World Cups. In 2013, he played in five matches, scoring one try against Ireland, as Fiji made the semi-finals.

Back in 2017, he was able to better that, scoring three tries as Fiji reached the semi-finals again. Naiqama scored a double against the USA and another try against Italy. He also played in their famous win over New Zealand in the Quarter Final.

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