SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Roosters head coach Trent Robinson watches on during a Sydney Roosters Training Session at Kippax Oval on March 12, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson is confident his side will end their preliminary final hoodoo against South Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

The Roosters are winless in three preliminary finals since 2014. Last year they were defeated by North Queensland, who were without Jonathan Thurston and Matt Scott.

Robinson dismissed the idea that the Roosters were under more pressure than their rivals leading into the grand final qualifier.

“We’re a different squad, people can see and feel that,” Robinson told

“That’s what experiences are about … learning and growing. That’s what we plan to do. We’re sitting in a good position and now it’s time to deliver tomorrow night.

“This is why we do the job, you love this moment. You’re focused on the end of the season. Now we’re here you’re mad if you don’t want to be here.”

Saturday nights game will be the final time the Roosters play at Allianz Stadium, the ground they have called home for 30 years.

“It’s been our home for 30-odd years and played more games than anyone here,” Robinson said.

“It’s been a special place for fans, players and supporters. A bit of an end of an era here. I remember princess [Diana] dies getting announced over the stadium in 1997 in the middle of a reserve grade game.”

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“I remember that, I’ve never seen the stadium in shock during that time. There’s been some big games I’ve seen the Roosters play. The Monday night games when they got bought in the late 90s were big games here. Anzac Day, finals games … there’s been some special moments here.”

The Roosters spent a night at the venue in the pre-season to connect with the venue.

“It was a sleeping bag out on the stadium, we had movie night,” Robinson said.

“Some special moment stuff. We touched on it briefly and wanting to send it out in the right way. It’s a small one percenter there and little things which you wouldn’t know. We wanted to experience it more.”

“We’ve worked hard this year and built and delivered and grown as a team and club. I expect us to play well and go after what we want in the game. The result will take care of itself.”


  1. Trent Robinson is a great bloke and a fantastic coach. Some huge changes to this years grand final qualifier as compared to last season and most notable inclusion in this years team are Tedesco, Cronk, Radley and Manu. The Sydney Roosters are a much better side than last season. In last seasons preliminary final we were leading with 20 mins to go, after having the weeks rest like last season we were expected to kick on in the final twenty. Lets hope that this season like in the 2013 grand final that the Chooks fresh legs take full of advantage of Soufths hard games and pile on the points in that last quarter.πŸ’ͺπŸŽ±πŸ‘

  2. This bloated hack couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Keep buying all the best players in the game year after year bunch of cheats and next year Crichton while we get elgey. Nrls a joke a really bad joke

    • Agree 54 no one i know can figure out how Easts do it.

      There needs to be advertised all players wages and third party deals so everyone can be satisfied.

      • Great idea then we can see how soufths fit all their players in under the cap. People like penzo like the old runner around tactic or better known as reverse psychology and try to divert the truth by pointing the finger at someone else. Soufths bought a premiership in 2014 with a stack of imports and now they have even more players in this team purchased from other clubs. Then on top of that he says that the Roosters don’t devlope their local juniors when everyone knows that Souths stole half of the ROOSTERS LOCAL JUNIOR DISTRICT. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

  3. It looks like the Rorts have yet another Preliminary Final LOSS to look forward to.
    As per usual.
    It has been their brief their Modus Operandi for years now to CHOKE in the big games.

    For the Uneducated out there it means…
    it is someone’s habits of working, particularly in the context of their mode of operating.

    • Like I said before mate; Souths have been choking for decades until your team spent some of Russell’s cash to make sure the old school bell rand after 43yrs thanks to buying a premiership🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱, Oh by the way buddy, who choked on the 22nd September 2018, I will give you a clueπŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡

  4. Tonight’s result was expected as will be tomorrows.
    The rorters will beat the Pervs setting up a cheats v rorters gf.
    The cheats will win the gf so they can send grub slater out with another undeserved title.
    Haven’t watched a single finals game this season as it is rigged for a stormgrubs title.

    • Same here. I also think the cheats will win for billy karate kid. Standard its the nrl man nothing but a joke thats why its dying every year more and more

    • If Billy Slater is not suspended for that inappropriate try saving so called tackle, should I call it for what it is… a shoulder charge, then Kevin I’m favoring your factual point, it is rigged.

  5. Robinson unfazed. Yeah right.
    After 3 minor premierships in the past 5 years with the best team money can somehow buy and looking at 5 straight chokes in a row why should he be?
    If the rorter buying trend continues its normal path then next year apart from Crighton, add SBW, Kevin Munster, Sosaia Feki, Dylan Walker, Corey Norman, James Fisher Harris and Wade Graham to their roster.

    • Let me give you a few facts on Souths recent choking episodes before and after it took them 43yrs to win a premiership. 3 preliminary final chokes in the past 7yrs and this season s choke with players bought from rival clubs like Ingliss, Gagai, Jennings, Walker, Crighton, Cook, Burgess brothers x 3, just to name a few, there is stacks more in your choking team of overrated players.πŸ’ͺπŸ˜πŸ‘Ž

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