Young Roosters halfback Jackson Hastings will carry the experience he has gained filling in for Mitchell Pearce in recent weeks into the finals series.
The Roosters will clash with the Storm, Bulldogs will take on Dragons, Broncos host the Cowboys and the Sharks will meet the Rabbitohs.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson says he's pleased with what winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall showed in his first game in two months after a strong return.
When the Roosters shot out to a 30-0 half-time lead against the Rabbitohs it wouldn't have been a surprise to see coach Trent Robinson rest his star fullback.
Despite a scoreless second half the damage was done in the first as the Roosters trampled a listless Souths side. Here are five talking points from the match.
A dominant Sydney Roosters outfit have claimed the JJ Giltinan Shield for the third year in a row after trouncing rivals the Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium.
Star centre Michael Jennings will go up against fellow Kangaroo and try-scoring specialist Dylan Walker when the Roosters face Souths on Friday night.
Roosters prop Sam Moa is certain the Rabbitohs will be seething following their loss to Brisbane, and is worried by what they'll bring to the Round 26 clash.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has indicated Shaun Kenny-Dowall is likely to make his return to the NRL against South Sydney.
A deft Johnathan Thurston pass, an acrobatic Jamie Lyon kick, some Benji Marshall magic, James Tedesco speed and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves strength.