Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has named both Mitchell Pearce and in-form youngster Jackson Hastings in his 17 for Friday night’s NRL preliminary final in Brisbane.
Pearce will look to finally overcome a hamstring complaint suffered in round 24 against the Broncos and run out in the grand final qualifier at Suncorp Stadium.
He has been named as starting halfback, with the man who has confidently held the reins in his absence – Hastings – on the bench.
Robinson has opted not to name an extended interchange, ensuring Matt McIlwrick misses the cut.
They line up against an unchanged Brisbane side, who are fresh from a week off after their 16-12 finals win over North Queensland.
Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Paul Green named an unchanged side for Saturday night’s grand final qualifier in Melbourne after their 39-0 weekend romp over Cronulla.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has named bench forward Tim Glasby as starting prop, shifting Jordan McLean to an extended bench.