When Sitiveni Moceidreke made his NRL debut for South Sydney in Round 4, he had to take a moment to let it sink in that he was living the dream.
Less than a year after signing with the North Sydney Bears, the Fijian international was invited into the Rabbitohs full-time squad to train and potentially play with the likes of Greg Inglis, Adam Reynolds and Sam Burgess.
After scoring four tries in the third round of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW against the Newcastle Knights, Michael Maguire selected the versatile back to play on the right wing against the Sydney Roosters. The Rabbitohs may have lost the game 20-6, but it was Moceidreke who scored their only try.
“It was crazy, everything happened really fast,” Moceidreke tells NSWRL.com.au.
“It was a dream come true and I was just happy to get the opportunity; I was just glad to be out there and all of the hard work finally paid off.
“[Scoring the try] was just a bonus, I was pinching myself when I was on the field and to get over the white line was even better.”
While it was Siosifa Talakai who threw the final pass for his try, NSW VB Blues representative Adam Reynolds played a vital role in the lead-up play.
Moceidreke only has to look around while training at Redfern Oval to see superstars such as Reynolds training with him - and he is not taking the opportunity for granted.
“You watch them on TV growing up and to be finally training with them full time, it’s crazy,” Moceidreke says.
“I don’t know how to explain it, I try not to take it for granted, I’m always pinching myself when I’m in the sheds having a laugh.”
Moceidreke is only 22 years old, and his versatility is a massive strength in his game.
He started on the wing for North Sydney yesterday in their tight victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, before shifting to fullback at stages in the second half, while he played five-eighth for the Bears at times last season.
Quizzed on what position he prefers, he couldn’t give a definitive answer, but his response proves that he lives and breathes Rugby League.
“I don’t really care [what position I play] as long as I’m on the field,” Moceidreke says.
“They throw me around, but I’m happy to put my best foot forward.”
“I’m not sure [what I’m best at, whether that is] fullback, centre or wing.”
Yesterday, the Bears put on a defensive clinic against the Bulldogs, just adding to the consecutive tight and tough encounters between the two clubs.
The goal for Moceidreke is to add to his single NRL appearance, and he is ready to take that chance with both hands.
“Every year we come against the ‘Doggies’ and it’s always a tough game, it’s the game you want to play,” Moceidreke says.
“I’ve just got to keep coming out here and putting my best foot forward for the Bears, which I have been doing.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be happy to get there again.”