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The Pearce Effect

27 May

Pearce Choke

You have to admit that through the game there was that old feeling. The feeling that I thought we had finally absolved ourselves from last year. The ‘no matter what happens we won’t win’ feeling. This feeling I refer to as the ‘Pearce Effect’.

Lets start with the positives.

Mitchell Pearce had a good first half. He completed a set move  by executing a deft pass to Beau Scott which lead to the first try. His kicking game was ok, although I believe, somewhat fortuitous. His kicks landed just shy of the try line with Billy Slater trying in vain to get a 7 tackle restart. They landed inch perfect so lets give Pearce the benefit of the doubt on that. He took the line on a few times and threatened to make a line break but was taken down with some last ditch defence. All in all he played a solid first half.

The Mitchell Pearce I expected to start the game unfortunately arrived for the second half. His kicking game was absolutely diabolical. He gets paid $800000 a year. Can someone teach him how to do a spiral bomb? I would even welcome a floater.  Adam Reynolds are you free for a master class? The Pearce ‘half bomb’s’ are the least threatening attacking kicks I have ever seen. Slater could literally take them behind his back.  I go to the local park and practice bombs with my nephew and whenever I put up a simple ‘end over end’ bomb, my nephew states,

‘oh that was a Pearcey give me something harder’ (actually a true story).

Now that statement is from child, if he knows what to expect from a Pearce kick imagine the delight for the Queensland back three.

But back to the game. NSW played terribly in that second half, BUT, they unbelievably held Queensland to 10-10 when finally they got some field position. In the 71st minute they were on the 3rd tackle, 20m out and directly in front of goal.  Now I blame both halves for not controlling the game here. But one of those halves has played 13 origin games. 13 bloody games!! The other has played 4. Who do expect to control the game here?  This leads me to the point I make year after year.

PEARCE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO WIN AT ORIGIN LEVEL.

He completely left the building in this set of six. Even after him and Hodkinson decided to run the ball 3 times, the final kick was left to Jennings in which he put dead and allowed Queensland a 7 tackle restart. Queensland marched downfield and hit the field goal in clinical fashion with both their halves controlling play.

NSW had  a chance to seal victory but the responsibility fell into the hands of a guy that has 10 losses and 3 wins at origin level. How many more 1 point losses do NSW need to endure before this guy gets the chop.

Unbelievably reporters say that Pearce silenced the critics. Was it silence from shock? Even a mate said, ‘hey credit where credit is due, he played well in the first half’! Yep but unfortunately there are two havles in a game of origin. This statement had tones of, ‘well he wasn’t as bad as we thought’. Does this qualify as a pass mark for Mitchell Pearce now? I couldn’t care less whether Pearce did nothing all game as long as he executes plays when it counts.  13 origins should come with some level of composure, if it doesn’t then you shouldn’t be on the field.

Hodgkinson played a shockingly as well. But when he has played 13 games I will put him under the same amount of scrutiny.

Pearce cannot win at Origin level. We know it, he knows and worst of all Queensland knows it. It is for all these reasons that he shouldn’t be selected again. It’s like when you play a younger sibling in backyard footy. They may get close to winning somedays but at the end of the day you know you have the edge. Well Pearcey you will always be that younger sibling and that will never change.

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