The rags to riches Sydney Roosters have stormed into next weekend's NRL rugby league grand final with a thumping 32-6 victory over the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium last night.
But Dally M winner Todd Carney faces an agonising wait to learn if he can play in the title decider after being placed on report for a high tackle on Titans half Scott Prince.
The Roosters have a chance to become the first team since Western Suburbs in 1934 to go from wooden spooners to premiers the following season and finally end coach Brian Smith's famous title drought.
Smith lost back-to-back grand finals with St George in 1992-93, both times falling to Brisbane, and coached Parramatta to grand final defeat against Newcastle in 2001.
The boys from Bondi will face the winner of Saturday night's second preliminary final between the St George Dragons and the Wests Tigers.