Update: 8:05AM Melbourne Storm winger Sisa Waqa has spoken for the first time about the sickening mid-air collision which led to him being carried from ANZ Stadium on a medi-cab and wearing a neck brace on the opening night of the finals.
The Fijian international landed on his head and neck after coming into contact with Dylan Farrell in the 20-10 defeat to South Sydney yet will play on Saturday night in the second semi-final against Newcastle at AAMI Park.
''When I went down, the first thing I tried to do was move my hands and move my feet - before the doctor even got to me,'' the 26-year-old said.
''Once I could do that, I knew I hadn't hurt anything major. I went straight to the hospital and they did some X-rays and some MRIs and they found out I had no structural damage.
''After that, I came back to Melbourne with the doctor. I was stiff for a few days and they had to do some more tests to make sure I hadn't hurt any discs. But I'm definitely back in this week. I feel completely normal now.''
Ex-Rooster Waqa will make his 50th NRL appearance opposite fellow Fijian flier Akuila Uate.