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Wendell ready to play the teacher

By Todd Balym 20/08/2009 07:48:17 PM Comments (0)

School is back and old mentor Wendell Sailor is happy to keep handing out the lessons.

First, media advice for St George Illawarra teammate Darius Boyd after his 43 second press conference last Tuesday.

"Just to own the camera a little bit," said Sailor, with Boyd forced to wear a "Goose of the week" t-shirt at training on Thursday.

"He's a bit shy. He didn't know which camera to look at. He can probably take that onto the field. So when you score a try find the cameras - I know where they are on the field.

"I'm going to take (Boyd) under my wing and mentor him a bit about how to control the media because if you don't control the media, the media will control you."

His next lesson is for Brisbane winger Antonio Winterstein.

Sailor gave him an 80-minute masterclass in sledging and performing when they met in round four and the old stager is happy to see Winterstein talk a good game prior to their re-match.

"I'm ready for him. I've never been more ready for anything in my life," Winterstein told AAP on Tuesday.

Sailor saw the comments and is just as excited at the re-match.

"He's a good kid. He's on my ground now. He's on my turf. I went to his turf and I schooled him," said Sailor.

"He's going to come to Big Dell's Dragons House. I'm looking forward to the challenge - old bull verse young bull. Should be good. I like the confidence ... so let's hope he can back it up."

The one person Sailor wouldn't sledge is Brisbane skipper and close friend Darren Lockyer.

In fact, Locky is the one man Big Dell fears as they prepare for the big clash at WIN Stadium on Friday night.

"What scares me is he's getting that competitive nature back. If anyone is going to turn their season around it's going to be him," said Sailor.

"Experts were saying Darren Lockyer isn't the player he used to be.

"I can tell you I played with Darren Lockyer from 1995 and he is that good a player, probably one of the best the game has seen.

"He's getting on a little bit but still he's as dangerous as anyone in the competition.

"You can have your Thurstons and Inglises - I'll tell you Darren Lockyer on his day is as good as anyone."

The Dragons have won their past eight clashes against Brisbane, but after suffering an upset loss to Canberra last week they are keen to get their quest for a minor premiership back on track.

The red and whites face a tricky run to the finals - with South Sydney and Parramatta still to come - and Sailor says they need winning momentum to push for the premiership.

"I would love to win the minor premiership," he said.

"The teams we're playing over the next few weeks, I have no sympathy for any of these teams.

"I would like to knock them all off and run in with good momentum and play-off form.

"(But) the Broncos have got no weaknesses ... they probably should be favourites in this game.

"We haven't lost back to back games (this year) and I certainly don't want to start tomorrow night against my old club."

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