PHOTO: AAP IMAGES
PHOTO: AAP IMAGES

In coach Robinson, Roosters trust

ROOSTERS halfback Mitchell Pearce believes Trent Robinson could one day be ranked alongside seven-time premiership winner Wayne Bennett as a master coach.

Pearce was speaking ahead of Saturday night's preliminary final at Allianz Stadium when Robinson's Roosters clash with Bennett's Knights.

"I haven't had much to do with Wayne Bennett, (but) he's obviously one of the true greats," Pearce said. "But I think Robbo is going down that path. It's a big call to say it so early, but anyone who knows him knows how special a coach he is. His record speaks for itself so far, and we've got full trust in him."

Despite being the youngest coach in the NRL - and in just his first season at the helm - Robinson, 35, led the Roosters to this season's minor premiership.

The Blues No.7 said the players won't get carried away by the fact they are just 80 minutes away from making a grand final appearance.

"They (the Roosters coaching staff) know how to level you out really well. And we've been thinking about this for a while now, and preparing for this part of the year," Pearce said.

Pearce said his team is completely different to the one that lost the 2010 decider to Bennett's Dragons.

"In 2010 we had a lot of flair and a lot of stuff stuck for us. We're a lot more consistent this year and we put a lot of pride in our defence," Pearce said.

Pearce said back-rower and superstar Sonny Bill Williams has been preparing for this game by working hard and staying humble.

"He's just a guy that wants to be the best he can be. As an influential figure, that rubs off on everyone else," Pearce (pictured) said.

Meanwhile, two Roosters players received interview-request letters from ASADA as part of its ongoing peptide drugs investigation.



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