Mitchell Pearce revealed the Roosters were motivated in Thursday night's win over Souths to lift for injured teammate Jake Friend.
Arguably in the form of his career, Roosters No.7 Mitchell Pearce insisted his teammates should take credit for his sparkling performance against Souths.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson revealed his team had already been preparing to face the Rabbitohs in consecutive weeks in the lead up to Round 26.
Mitchell Pearce was the star as the Roosters triumphed 22-18 over arch-rivals South Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night.
Trent Robinson doesn't need The Book of Feuds to know just how much Thursday's clash between the Roosters and their arch-rivals South Sydney means.
Trent Robinson has confirmed Jake Friend remains a possibility of playing again in 2014 after the Roosters hooker was discharged from hospital late on Tuesday.
As plenty of people tipped at the start of the year, the two sides that kicked the season off are potentially facing off for a minor premiership.
Roosters hooker Jake Friend has undergone successful surgery on his chest injury, and is expected to leave hospital in the next 48 hours.
Fresh off the back of his most composed performance in 2014, Mitch Pearce has revealed he's "never been more motivated" to prove his doubters wrong.
Roosters hooker Jake Friend's season could be over after he suffered a chest injury in the premiers' win over Melbourne.