State of Origin 2019 | Mitchell Pearce set to resurrect Blues career in game 2.
The NSW Blues are reportedly set to drag Newcastle Knights star Mitchell Pearce off the Origin scrap heap and back into the representative fray.The 29-year-old is a veteran of 18 Origin matches but was thought to have a black mark against his name for the state.
But the Knights star is leading the Dally M medal tally with 15 points after 12 rounds and has led Newcastle to six straight wins.Channel 9 reported Blues coach Brad Fittler was unhappy with Pearce’s response before game one with the Knights half wanting total control of the side.Cody Walker is thought to be out of favour with Nathan Cleary thought to be the leading five-eighth option.Blues legend and rugby league immortal Andrew Johns told Wide World of Sports that he had spoken to Pearce and challenged him to make the position his own.“Leading the Dally Ms, leading the Knights around, career-best form, six or seven man-of-the-matches in a row,” Johns said.“I spoke to him during the week: he said the game has just slowed down for him. He’s in total control out there. Total control of the game, total control of his emotions and it’s great to see.“He’s been through bits and pieces over his career where he’s been hammered in certain situations, but so pumped to see him go well; especially in Newcastle. He loves being up there, the town loves him up there.”It comes after his club coach Nathan Brown challenged Fittler to give the much-maligned halfback another shot.
Man of the match in all six matches of Newcastle’s longest winning streak since 2005 when Andrew Johns was calling the shots, Brown believes Pearce has strong claims for a dramatic Origin recall.“If they want a dominate half, I would suggest that Pearcey would be the person you’d want — but only if you let him be a dominant half,” Brown said after the Knights’ win over South Sydney last Friday.“I look at Mitch as a player who has to do play on play. If your style of footy is go and stand on one side of the field and not double up on plays, they may as well let Pearcey sit in the lounge room.“If they want a partner who is going to dominate the ball and then say ‘feed Cody Walker’, I’d say Pearcey’s your man.”