Broncos stars do barbie to help cause

GROWING FANS: Former Broncos player Wendell Sailor and current player Peter Wallace enjoy a fan meeting organised by Harvey Norman Ipswich. Young fans (from left) are Archie, Charlie, and Harrison Jensen, of Laidley.
GROWING FANS: Former Broncos player Wendell Sailor and current player Peter Wallace enjoy a fan meeting organised by Harvey Norman Ipswich. Young fans (from left) are Archie, Charlie, and Harrison Jensen, of Laidley. David Nielsen

BRONCOS legend Wendell Sailor and halfback Peter Wallace staged a State of Origin battle of the barbecues yesterday, minus the biff.

The pair entertained fans in front of Ipswich Mall's Harvey Norman store and backed reaction calling for a review of the NRL's stance on sin-binning players who threw a punch.

Broncos legend and dual international Sailor said he hoped the event would raise awareness for charity R U OK.

He said the charity was close to his heart after rugby league lost two young players to suicide and watching others who battled depression.

Sailor said Ipswich was a strong sporting town with the likes of the Walters brothers and Allan Langer developing into Origin legends after coming through the ranks.

He said Wednesday night's State of Origin sin-binning fiasco was disappointing.

"You don't watch Origin to Watch 11 on 11, it's 13 on 13," he said.

"If they are going to tinker with the rules they really have to do it at the end of the season.

"It's disappointing it has come to that."

Sailor said he struggled to see what Queensland winger Brent Tate did wrong, apart from head-butting Blues forward Trent Merrin's fist.

Wallace said sin-binning was a harsh punishment for something that happened in the heat of the moment.

"It's a bit over the top. I think it takes away from the sport and the crowd," he said.

The pair signed two barbecues to be auctioned off with proceeds going to R U OK, the Arthur Beetson Fund and Red Nose Day.



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