Kibirige: I just love scor­ing for Fal­cons

The Rugby Paper - - News - By JON NEW­COMBE

DE­SPITE be­ing ruled out of to­day’s Premier­ship Cup clash with a thigh in­jury, Zach Kibirige is de­ter­mined to make this a proper break­through sea­son in New­cas­tle colours.

A hat-trick against Ex­eter on his 24th birth­day last Sun­day made him a cer­tainty to start down at the Stoop un­til he had to pull out at the eleventh hour.

The fastest thing to come out of Yarm, near Mid­dles­brough, since James Simp­son- Daniel, the lat­est set­back is typ­i­cal of Kibirige’s stop-start ca­reer since sign­ing pro­fes­sional forms with the Fal­cons in 2013.

But Kibirige, the son of a re­tired Ugan­dan-born doc­tor, is con­fi­dent he and fel­low young flyer, Adam Rad­wan, can keep push­ing es­tab­lished wing duo, Sinoti Sinoti and Vereneki Goneva, for their places.

“With guys like Sinoti and Vereneki play­ing re­ally well, when you get your op­por­tu­nity you want to take the chance as best you can, and that’s pretty much what me and Rad­ders are think­ing when­ever we step onto the pitch – to do our­selves jus­tice,” said Kibirige.

“The goal is to get a reg­u­lar first-team spot but, while those guys are around, they are great com­pe­ti­tion and great peo­ple to learn off at the same time.”

Tom Arscott re­places Kibirige on the right wing for the trip to Quins with Rad­wan wear­ing the No.11 jersey. Kibirige is an ad­mirer of what Rad­wan brings to the team.

“We see what he is ca­pa­ble of in train­ing every day,” Kibirige said of Rad­wan, who was re­cently linked with a move to Rugby League out­fit Leeds Rhi­nos. “He is light­en­ing quick and is un­be­liev­able at beat­ing de­fend­ers and break­ing tack­les. We know that pretty much every time he gets his hands on the ball some­thing spe­cial is go­ing to hap­pen. He is a mas­sive weapon for us.”

Kibirige has al­ready scored as many tries as he man­aged the whole of last sea­son – four – and says he never lost faith in his abil­ity even through some dark times.

“I al­ways knew that I’d have to be pa­tient with the qual­ity and com­pe­ti­tion that there is in the squad. I’ve bad luck with in­juries and off-field stuff and there were some frus­trat­ing times, but I’ve al­ways had faith in my abil­ity,” he said.

“Pa­tience is a mas­sive part of it, as it is for most young play­ers, but it is good now to be fit now and hope­fully giv­ing the coaches se­lec­tion headaches every week.”

Other than a bon­sai tree, his tre­ble against Chiefs was the best birth­day gift that he could have wished for. “They’ll be a cou­ple of missed chances that I prob­a­bly won’t be able to get out of my head un­til the next time I play but that’s the sort of men­tal­ity I want,” he said.

“Props get their kicks from scrum­mag­ing, goal­kick­ers get theirs from put­ting the ball through the posts, I just love scor­ing tries.”

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