State of disarray as Mitch sidelined
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