Pearce fails to fire
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.