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Sport'Very much a Rooster': Sydney coach Trent Robinson lauds Knights half Mitchell Pearce

16:45  23 may  2019
16:45  23 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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But there won't be much goodwill for 80 minutes on Friday night, with Robinson acknowledging the critical importance of stopping the NRL's hottest player.

Under Robinson's mentorship, Pearce helped the Roosters to the 2013 premiership in the crowning moment of his career so far.

Four years later and Pearce was effectively pushed out after 11 seasons in the red, white and blue when Sydney lured champion No.7 Cooper Cronk to the Eastern Suburbs.

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It proved a sound decision with Cronk guiding the Chooks to the title on his first attempt.

Meanwhile, Pearce has rejuvenated himself at the Knights over the past season-and-a-half, running fifth in the Dally M count last year and polling four consecutive three-point votes in the past month.

Robinson still harbours a soft spot for Pearce and his fondness for the playmaker flowed on Friday.

"Mitchell was here and a big part of our club. Mitchell is obviously a Knight but he's also a premiership winner here and won other titles (minor premierships) here and is very much a Rooster," Robinson said.

"It's about him allowing him to flourish in his own right – and he has. I think we're seeing that.

"It's really good to see from a guy that I still really like and like watching playing. It's a joy to see him playing well."

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But while he might enjoy Pearce's strong performances against other teams, Robinson is unlikely to be thrilled if the Newcastle general turns on another blinder at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The third-placed Roosters' eight-match winning streak was snapped by Brisbane last week and limiting Pearce's impact shapes as the key to getting back into stride.

Pearce leads the competition for line break assists (11), is ranked equal-sixth for try assists (seven) and has powered the Knights to four victories on the trot.

“He’s been in great form. He’s been playing really well and that’s our task tomorrow night: to shut that down,” Robinson said.

“Yeah, he’s been very instrumental, the main instrument in pushing them forward.”

As for Cronk, Robinson said his players were in awe at how the 35-year-old on Monday confirmed that he will retire at the end of the year.

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"I thought it was really important for our players to watch Cooper celebrate his career but then also watch him announce his retirement," Robinson said.

"The players made a lot of comments to me after that.

"Probably not to Cooper, players don't share that information as much, but they commented about the way he spoke and manner he did … Classy."

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The battle between Cronk and Pearce looms as an integral factor in the clash in the Hunter.

Pearce holds no shortage of motivation given his history with the Roosters, while Cronk has vowed to lift to ensure he leaves the NRL on a high note.

"If anyone thought I worked hard for the past 15 years, come and watch me train from Monday to Friday for the next 20 weeks," Cronk said.

"I guarantee I will be doing everything I possibly can to make some guys share in moments, milestones and achievements the pleasure I've had."

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