State of dis­ar­ray as Mitch side­lined

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

MITCHELL Pearce’s Ori­gin hopes are over and his sea­son hangs in the bal­ance after suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous pec­toral in­jury in the fi­nal stages of New­cas­tle’s dra­matic win against the Wests Tigers last night.

New­cas­tle coach Nathan Brown fears Pearce could be out for as long as the year with the Knights men­tor hold­ing out some hope Pearce could miss 12 games.

Scans to­day will de­ter­mine how long he will be side­lined.

As the in­cum­bent NSW half, his Ori­gin se­ries is all but over with the Blues now on the look­out to re­place Pearce in the No.7 jersey after an­other hope­ful, Pen­rith’s Nathan Cleary, was in­jured ear­lier in the sea­son.

“It’s not great,” Brown said. “He is dis­ap­pointed. Mitch loves play­ing. Game day is his favourite day of the week. They are the types of play­ers you want in your club. What­ever the re­sult is, he will still con­trib­ute while he is not play­ing.”

The Knights are hope­ful Con­nor Wat­son will re­turn from in­jury in time to play Manly and part­ner Jack Cog­ger while Brock Lamb and Jamie Buhrer — who kicked for Shaun Ken­nyDowall’s match­win­ning try — are other op­tions. While there was some con­fu­sion about how Pearce sus­tained the in­jury, it is un­der­stood he did it while tack­ling.

Mitchell Pearce last night. Pic­ture: Michael Carayannis

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