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23:55  09 july  2019
23:55  09 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Mitchell Pearce ready for Origin recall

Mitchell Pearce ready for Origin recall Newcastle halfback Mitchell Pearce has said he is ready to go if required for the Blues in the State of Origin decider despite ongoing talk that he did not wish to return to the game's toughest arena.

After losing seven series in a row versus Queensland Maroons, Mitchell Pearce 's NSW Blues recall gives him another shot at Origin glory.

Mitchell Pearce should not be made the scapegoat if New South Wales Blues fail to overcome Queensland Maroons in Wednesday's State of Origin Pearce 's recall has been cast as a shot at redemption for the halfback, who was on the receiving end. 'I'm a fan': Pearce receives backing from

Mitchell Pearce backed for Origin redemption © Getty Images NSW Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce

Mitchell Pearce should not be made the scapegoat if New South Wales Blues fail to overcome Queensland Maroons in Wednesday's State of Origin decider, according to former coach Ricky Stuart.

Pearce's recall has been cast as a shot at redemption for the halfback, who was on the receiving end seven times as Queensland won eight consecutive shields between 2006 and 2013.

But Stuart insists the Maroons' supreme strength at the time should not be underplayed and backed the 30-year-old Newcastle Knights captain to come up with the goods at ANZ Stadium.

"We don't have to worry about Mitch winning the game for us but he'll have a big hand in it if we do win the game," Stuart told NRL 360.

'There’s a lot of mental scars there'

'There’s a lot of mental scars there' Queensland will target Blues half Mitchell Pearce’s “mental scars” when he kits up for NSW for the first time since 2017.

Mitchell Pearce should not be made the scapegoat if New South Wales Blues fail to overcome Queensland Maroons in Wednesday's State of Origin decider, according to former coach Ricky Stuart. Pearce 's recall has been cast as a shot at redemption for the halfback, who was on the receiving end

Mitchell Pearce should not be made the scapegoat if New South Wales Blues fail to overcome Queensland Maroons in Wednesday's State of Origin decider, according to former coach Ricky Stuart. Pearce 's recall has been cast as a shot at redemption for the halfback, who was on the receiving end

"I feel sorry for Mitch, he's copped a lot of criticism over the years. Basically, he's the one that has had to carry the load of us losing a lot of Origin games against, well, you'll never ever see a greater Origin era or period or team than the one he had to play against.

"There were a number of series there we were winning but then [didn't] and Mitch has to carry the burden of that.

"But he's copped it, he's quite a resilient kid and toughed it out and got his opportunity again and is playing against a completely different Queensland team on Wednesday."

Queensland won the 2019 Origin opener 18-14 in Brisbane a month ago before the Blues stormed back with an emphatic 38-6 triumph in Perth.

Scrum-half Nathan Cleary dazzled with a pair of first-half tries in the latter game before sustaining the ankle injury that led to Pearce's recall.

Origin stars set to back up for Knights

Origin stars set to back up for Knights Newcastle stars Mitchell Pearce, David Klemmer, Daniel Saifiti and Tim Glasby are likely to back-up for their NRL club just 48 hours after State of Origin III.

Let me start by admitting that Mitchell Pearce ’s State of Origin career to date has been poor. His performances belied his considerable talent, and If a bunch of back -rowers were all playing well, instead of making the tough decision to pick the best of the bunch, NSW would simply pick them all

Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney back together again.Source:Getty Images. Speaking after his first training session with Pearce since 2017, Maloney said Pearce began his road to Origin redemption on Thursday when he participated in his first Blues training session since game three of their 2017

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Comment: One pass has made all the difference to Mitchell Pearce's Origin legacy.
How many passes does a rugby league halfback throw in their career? Thousands. Long ones and short ones, quick bullets and looping floaters, cut-outs to wide runners and pop-ups to charging forwards. Passing is a halfback’s trade. So it’s amazing how for some, everything can come down to one pass. In one brief, blinding moment, a half’s whole career becomes a question of throwing a ball just once. Like a rugby league adaptation of Kipling: if you can risk it all on one ball’s toss… Mitchell Pearce was in no position to risk anything.

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