The off-field events that have rocked rugby league over the rep weekend have given us the hankering for some classic Wendell Sailor footage. And never was the flamboyant wing-man more dominant than during the 2001 playoffs, when he found the white line four times.
Brisbane roared into the preliminary final with a 44-28 defeat of St George Illawarra as rugby union-bound Sailor equalled the Broncos club record – and the all-time finals mark – with four tries in one of the most memorable displays of his career.
Big prop Petero Civoniceva was the unlikely scorer of the opening two tries as the Broncos raced out to a 26-12 halftime lead, with ‘Big Dell’ taking over as their chief destroyer.
It got perhaps a little too close for comfort for coach Wayne Bennett at 36-28, but Sailor’s fourth touchdown sealed the result – and the highest points aggregate for a finals match in premiership history.
Sailor switched to the 15-a-side game after the Broncos exit at the hands of Parramatta a week later, playing 37 Tests for the Wallabies in a chequered union tenure before resurfacing the NRL with the Saints in 2009 for a memorable career finale.