Queensland's media have managed to ruffle the feathers of Roosters coach Trent Robinson ahead of the premiers' clash with the Cowboys.
Both sides have had their share of disruption through judiciary matters recently; the team that adapts best will have the advantage in this do-or-die showdown.
He's the halfback whisperer the Johns brothers swear by, and now Roosters halfback Mitch Pearce says the tutelage of Alan Bell is behind his super form.
It's the number that should have Roosters fans spraying their orange mocha frappuccinos in horror.
Aidan Guerra is filthy on himself for already missing one match in the Roosters’ 2014 finals campaign, and is out to make amends against the Cowboys.
Roosters players fear their former assistant coach holds the key to ending their 2014 campaign.
Despite his side's shock loss to the Panthers on Saturday night, Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes his team's season is far from over.
Frustrated Roosters coach Trent Robinson has taken aim at the performance of the referees in his side's 19-18 loss to Penrith on Saturday night.
A late Jamie Soward field goal has sent the Panthers into the preliminary finals, defeating the Roosters 19-18 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
One team is on track to defy 20 years of rugby league history, while the other is defying logic by over-performing with a stack of stars in the casualty ward.