Pearce fails to fire

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - CHRIS­TIAN NICOLUSSI

HAVE we seen the last of Mitchell Pearce in a NSW jumper?

Five years on, Blues fans will be hav­ing the same heated de­bate about the mer­its of stick­ing with Pearce.

It is cruel to re­peat­edly put the slip­per into Pearce, and was al­most an­tic­i­pated by coach Lau­rie Da­ley.

“He is a guy who ob­vi­ously cre­ates plenty of de­bate. You can’t con­trol what peo­ple think or say,’’ Da­ley in the lead- up to the de­cider.

Last night was not one of Pearce’s bet­ter games.

His tow­er­ing kicks did lit­tle to trou­ble the Ma­roons backs. He threw a pass straight into the head of Matt Gil­lett that al­most led to a Tim Glasby try, and botched a tackle on Cameron Mun­ster who raced down field and even­tu­ally al­lowed Valen­tine Holmes to bring up a hat- trick of tries.

Pearce was des­per­ate to win his first Ori­gin se­ries.

He has now lost seven of them.

It was easy to work out why he was one of the most shat­tered blokes slumped in the mid­dle of the field af­ter full­time.

For all his won­der­ful mo­ments in big games, in­clud­ing the Syd­ney Roost­ers premier­ship in 2013, his num­bers on the Ori­gin stage can­not be fudged.

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