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 NRL.com.au.
“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.”
“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.”