TELL US: Can New South Wales win the series with Pearce in the halves?

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By Riordan Lee, Riordan Lee is a Roar Editor

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    It’s the same nagging migraine that the New South Wales selectors suffer this time every year.

    We’re five days out from the team announcement and arguably the most crucial position in the Blues squad is still up for grabs.

    It would seem that James Maloney has all but locked up his starting spot after an impressive season but who lines up next to him?

    The natural starting point for this question begins with the Roosters halfback – having played 15 Origin games over the last nine years he has the experience.

    But with just four wins to his name, it’s fair enough to question how much that experience is worth.

    They’ve never done it with him, but they’ve done it without him – so we want to you to tell us:

    Can New South Wales win the series with Mitchell Pearce in the halves?

    Matt Cleary’s going to be joining the panel on Roar LIVE tonight to tackle this very question, so make sure you submit your opinions in the comment section below and we’ll try to get to as many of your responses as we can.

    We’ll also be covering off on other selection dilemmas and the NRL’s recent drug scandals.

    Roar Live will be streamed this afternoon at around 5:45pm on The Roar’s Facebook page. It will also be available as a podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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    The Crowd Says (28)

    • Roar Guru

      May 17th 2017 @ 1:24pm
      Magnus M. Østergaard said | May 17th 2017 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

      Yes. They can, but it reduces thier chances.

    • Roar Guru

      May 17th 2017 @ 1:27pm
      Will Sinclair said | May 17th 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

      His resurrection as an Origin player will be complete and glorious and they will build a statue to him at Lang Park and he will be the Ninth Immortal.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 18th 2017 @ 7:23am
        Don said | May 18th 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

        G’day Will
        I know you are a Tigers fan but I just want to see Pearce in SOO without Farah and Gallen trying to run play.
        A guy like Wallace would suit him perfectly.

        If he fails against what is looking like the weakest QLD side in many years then scratch him forever.

        There is just no one else really standing out as a better option.

      • May 18th 2017 @ 7:48am
        oldtimer said | May 18th 2017 @ 7:48am | ! Report

        And rename the western Highway, the Mitchell Pearce way, just kidding.
        I know I will probably cop it for this suggestion, but why haven’t we ever considered Hodgsen & Josh Renolds again?
        We talk a lot about players having loosing mentalities and poor records at origin level, this pair started in one series and won it. I know everyone will say ah yes but Cronk wasn’t in the team they beat, my answer to that would be Thurston and Smith were as well as all the other legends but win they did.
        I think its time to take some risks with other younger players, we cant keep going as they are, I also think Daley has had sufficient opportunity with a team full of good players to do better than they have.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 1:36pm
      rakshop said | May 17th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

      Just spoke to Kev Walters…..

      He advised me that NSW can win with Mitchell Pearce in the halves.

    • Roar Guru

      May 17th 2017 @ 1:55pm
      Kaks said | May 17th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

      I dont understand how we come back to this debate every single year.

      He is not, and never will be, an origin level player. He has never had a MOTM performance, he has never won an origin series (without lack of trying). He should not even have his name linked to an origin spot.

      Hell I’d prefer any other possible NSW half, whether they’re in form or not, over Pearce.

      Cleary, Sezer, Austin, Townsend, Reynolds, Reynolds – heck even Blake Green. Any one of them over Pearce to partner Maloney.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 3:06pm
        Percycutor said | May 17th 2017 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

        It just defies belief so many ‘respected’ rugby league judges former players etc have anointed Pearce the man for this years series. Just absolutely mind boggling. Any of the halves mentioned above would give NSW a better chance to win the two games needed. Sure he’s matured off the field but who hasn’t !!!

      • Roar Guru

        May 18th 2017 @ 3:57pm
        Wolly said | May 18th 2017 @ 3:57pm | ! Report

        I’m a chooks supporter and I agree with you.
        Pearce reminds me of Rooney in the sense of being a great club player but unable to make an impact in the national team despite the numerous chances he has been afforded.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 2:47pm
      AJL. said | May 17th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

      No. But there’s no No. 7 who can win for NSW either.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 2:56pm
      damo said | May 17th 2017 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

      Yes but for god’s sake pick his old partner in crime Maloney beside him.
      In fact pick any 7 you like but put Jimmy the Shark next to him.

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