ONE TO CROW ABOUT

Townsville Bulletin - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

MITCHELL Pearce has put his State of Ori­gin pain be­hind him with a star­ring role in the Syd­ney Roosters’ com­fort­able 28- 4 NRL win over New­cas­tle.

With the Roosters lead­ing 16- 4 with 15 min­utes re­main­ing last night at Al­lianz Sta­dium, Knights for­ward Luke Yates could’ve set up a close fin­ish when he found him­self in the clear.

How­ever, Pearce chased and drew an er­ror from the sub­sti­tute for­ward inches from the line, be­fore seal­ing the win three min­utes later with a try as­sist for Isaac Liu.

The NSW half­back capped off the night by play­ing a role in the fi­nal try for Con­nor Watson. It was the sec­ond time in as many games Pearce had re­bounded strongly from a NSW Ori­gin de­feat, hav­ing also pi­loted the game- win­ning field goal in round 16 against Mel­bourne.

He was the pick of a Roosters side, pushed for an hour by an­other brave ef­fort from the Knights, who had winger Chanel Mata’utia knocked out in the sec­ond half. The win lifts the Roosters in front of Bris­bane along­side Mel­bourne, who play to­day.

The home side were aided by a con­tro­ver­sial Daniel Tupou try to start the sec­ond half, when the video ref­eree ruled La­trell Mitchell hadn’t knocked on in the lead- up.

Re­plays showed Mitchell had pulled the ball to­wards him when fac­ing his own goal line while in mid- air, how­ever the try stood and the Roosters kicked out to a 12- point lead.

Pic­ture: AAP

CHARG­ING CHOOK: The Roosters’ Kane Evans is tack­led by New­cas­tle’s Mitchell Bar­nett and Jamie Buhrer dur­ing their clash last night.

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