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Eels winger Maika Sivo.

He's managed to get his blue and gold "L plates" on the paddock but Fijian Maika Sivo is having no such luck when it comes to his driving.

The 25-year-old moved to Australia as a teenager via Gundagai and has found out the hard way the cultural difference towards driving isn't as easy to navigate ahead of his side's historic clash with the Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium on Easter Monday.

Sivo heavily relies on his uncle Mamua - who works as a mechanic - to help transport him to and from training sessions and games as the Eels winger still without a driver's licence. His parents live in Fiji.

"My uncle drops me off in the morning, we leave at about 10-to-five and in the afternoon he comes to pick me up," Sivo told

"He's got four kids so I always try to give him money but he never takes it. I take his kids out to lunch and dinner instead as a way to repay him.

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"It was hard for me in the first two years living here and I call my parents every day so it makes it easier."

It's not like Sivo hasn't tried to get his licence, he's just not prepared to work as hard for it as he does on his footy career.

"I went and did the knowledge test twice, woke up in the morning and decided to go," he said.

"I didn't study and thought it would be easy but I failed. After that, I didn't want to go again but I'm going to try and get it eventually. I drive in Fiji without one, the police and rules are not as strict."

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On the paddock, Sivo is having no such trouble making his mark on the Eels' left edge.

He's keeping the likes of George Jennings, Bevan French and Josh Hoffman in reserve grade after striking up a solid combination with Michael Jennings with two tries, 16 tackle busts and a 144 running metre average.

"I feel good outside him, he's a good defender and if he runs in I go with him and if he stays so do I," Sivo said of Jennings.

"He keeps it very simple so I feel confident and he talks to me a lot. There's still a lot to learn on the field.

"It's tough, you have to turn up every week and it presents a good challenge. It's a big step up and a lot different to reserve grade."

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