Hello Sailor - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Sat, 17 May 2008 23:26:00 GMT
Former dual Rugby international Wendell Sailor scored two tries in his first game of Rugby League since completing a two-year ban for cocaine use.
Sailor made his historic return playing for the Shellharbour Marlins in round eight of the Jim Beam Cup, bagging a double for his temporary team on the way to a 30-22 win at Ron Costello Oval.
The former Broncos winger scored his first try in the 67th minute after he fielded a cross-field kick and touched down. He then ran over for another four-pointer seven minutes later.
Shellharbour scored their fourth win of the season the hard way, scoring 30 unanswered points in the second half after falling behind 22-nil at half-time.
It was probably their most courageous win of the year thus far.
A crowd of 3000 turned up to see Sailor re-ignite the magic that saw him win 2 premierships in the NRL with the Brisbane Broncos and now turn his attention to doing the same at St George-Illawarra.
“I was a bit disappointed at dropping two balls and missing a tackle,” Sailor said after the game.
“But it was an all right return first up.”
Not surprisingly the Jim Beam Cup recieved unprecedented extra coverage this weekend. Channels Seven and Nine both sent outside broadcast vans to the ground for live crosses while other stations teamed up to supply three-camera coverage of the game.
One radio station in Wollongong spent the day playing "the top 100 songs Wendell Sailor listened to while he was on the sidelines."
After celebrating his euphoric return to the greatest game of all, Sailor was then greeted by a representive from ASADA.
"I actually said to the guy, 'I haven't seen you for two years but I'm not nervous so that's good', " Sailor told the Sun-Herald.
In other Jim Beam Cup news, the Windsor Wolves scored a 40-18 win over the Sydney Bulls while Chester Hill shocked the rugby league world by securing a 22-all draw with Cabramatta.
The West Australian Reds - who scored their first win of the season against Campbelltown back in round 3 - last night returned the favour by securing a surprise 3rd consecutive loss at Members Equity Stadium. - Read More, Here