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