HIS team-mates’ parents were there in the flesh but Melbourne man of the match Sisa Waqa dedicated his block-busting performance last Friday to his own mum and dad who were 3800 km away in Fiji.
The Storm flew in parents from all around Australia for Friday’s clash with Brisbane, part of their annual Parents Week, with footballers of yesteryear like Jay Hoffman and Robert Finch forming a guard of honour at the start of the 32-0 win.
Only once has one of Waqa’s parents made it to Australia to see him play in person but the occasion still got to the winger, who scored a crucial try and pulled off a near-miraculous try-saving tackle on Lachlan Maranta.
“Cameron (Smith) spoke to us before the game and said ‘it’s parents week and we all need to stand up’,” said Waqa, a former Rooster.
“Normally the parents stay at home and watch us on television. Just my missus and the kids were here, my parents were back home in Fiji.
“It’s good because it’s live back home now, they watch it live. Only my mum came here once, she came to watch me play against the Dragons. That was last year.’
Waqa said knowing father Eddie and mother Susanna were watching at home was enough to spur him against the Broncos.
“My mother and father are the ones who believed in me and encouraged me to achieve my dream,’ he said.
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