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Pearce delighted to get another chance

By Ian McCullough 29/06/2010 07:36:51 PM Comments (0)

Mitchell Pearce admits he's delighted to get another chance to face Queensland next week after managing to survive the NSW selectors' chop and change policy.

Pearce was one of the few players to emerge with any credit from the humiliating 34-6 defeat at Suncorp Stadium two weeks ago as the Blues surrendered a fifth successive series, but said he was unsure if he would return for game three at ANZ Stadium on July 7.

"It is always at the back of your mind after a defeat that they may look at someone else, and although we lost I wasn't too disappointed in my game, but there is always calls for change when NSW lose and I was just hoping to get another chance," Pearce told AAP.

"It will be the first time that I have played two successive games in Origin and I feel a little more comfortable now and familiar around the boys and that adds to your confidence."

NSW skipper Trent Barrett called for Pearce to be the Blues halfback for the next 10 years after the defeat in Brisbane and the 21-year-old is a fully paid-up member of the Cronulla playmaker's fan club.

"No-one really sees what an influence in the camp Baz is, I always admired him as a player but after that camp I couldn't stop talking about him," Pearce said.

"He is such a great leader and a real genuine sort of person and I was in awe of how he handled the week after everything that happened.

"He is also playing great footy and probably one of the most in-form players going around at the moment."

Pearce will be joined in the Blues side by former Australian Schoolboys teammates Michael Jennings and Tim Mannah and he backed both to do well against a Maroons side desperate to chalk up a first series whitewash since 1995.

"You always knew Jenko was always going to play Origin and he is a freakish talent and it is great to see him back," he said.

"Tim has gone on to become one of the best young forwards in the NRL.

"It would be great if all of us can be part of the NSW side for the next few years, but to ensure we do, we have to play well next Wednesday.

"This is a great Queensland side, but you can't go into the game thinking they are unbeatable.

"None of us go into club games thinking Melbourne or the Dragons are unbeatable.

"We need to say positive because if you think you are going to lose then what chance do you have?"

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