Wendell Sailor On 1997 Broncos & Knights | “We Would’ve Torched Those Guys! Not Going To Say That [We] Were Legal But It Wasn’t Legal!”

Wendell Sailor was the subject of The Rush Hour’s Grand Final Greats Special but out of all the accolades, it was the inaugural and only Super League decider that was the point of the discussion.


A star-studded (financially questionable) Brisbane Broncos dominated the only season of the rival competition.

Stacked with stars such as the Big Dell, Allan Langer, Gorden Tallis, Kevin Walters, Shane Webcke, Steve Renouf, Brad Thorn, Anthony Mundine just to name a few were all coached by legendary mastermind Wayne Bennett.

The Queensland-outfit blitzed their way to the minor-premiership before dismantling the Cronulla Sharks 26-8 in the Grand Final.

Whilst back in the ARL, the Newcastle Knights had a fairytale like victory over the Manly Sea Eagles after Darren Albert won the game on the siren.

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Yet classic rugby league cooler talk is seeking the answer to who would’ve won out of those two teams if their was just one competition.

Well, unsurprisingly Wendell Sailor backed his old boys the Brisbane Broncos.

“I don’t want to be arrogant but we would’ve torched those guys!” exclaimed Sailor.

“In 1998 we won [inaugural NRL season] and we torched that side as well.”

But Sailor was surprisingly honest about the Super League Broncos.

“That side of ours in ’97, we had a gun side.

“I’m not going to say it was illegal… but it wasn’t legal.”