2014 Review: Sisa Waqa

Overview:

Sisa Waqa enjoyed another strong season in 2014, finishing the year as Melbourne’s leading try scorer with 18 for the season.

Always a damaging outlet on the wing, statistically Waqa recorded his best season in first-grade in 2014 scoring six more tries than he did last season.

The 27-year old winger missed just one game throughout the year, dropping back to reserve-grade for a match following Storm’s Round 16 loss to the Dragons. Earning a recall to Craig Bellamy’s starting line-up a week later, Waqa then played in Melbourne’s final nine games of the season scoring six tries.

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A likeable character loved by fans and players alike, Waqa will join Canberra in 2015 having completed his last season with Storm.

Since joining Storm in 2011, the Flying Fijian has become a cult figure in Melbourne, thrilling crowds with his attacking wing play, assured defence and clinical try scoring ability.

Sisa Waqa's partnership alongside fellow outside back Will Chambers has been a highlight of his time in Melbourne with their combination play proving critical in Storm's run to the 2012 Premiership. The Fijian international also played an integral role in the club's triumph over Leeds in the 2013 World Club Challenge.

2014 Stats:

 

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Waqa

24

18

72

110

257

38

2014 ‘Moment’:

On an individual level, Waqa’s four tries in Melbourne’s Round 22 trip to Newcastle proved to be a highlight. The flying Fijian winger became just the fifth player in Storm history to score four tries in a match and the first since Billy Slater in 2009.