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Pearce proud of Carney combination

By Ben Horne 14/09/2010 05:44:35 PM Comments (0)

It would seem Todd Carney is the Sydney Roosters' main man at the moment, but halfback Mitchell Pearce denies he's playing second fiddle to the NRL'S newly-crowned Dally M medal winner.

After his season in exile, Carney has found career-best form in the latter part of this season and sparked the Roosters in their remarkable comeback against Wests Tigers last Saturday.

If you were reading the papers you couldn't be blamed for thinking it's Carney's Roosters, but Pearce is quick to point out the show is a joint production.

"I don't think I'm playing second fiddle to him. We work together, we have our structures that we've had all year," Pearce said.

"As the halfback, I call what position to get into. We both play off each other."

As the team's No.7 and general, Pearce is naturally defiant about his position, but that's got nothing to do with Carney-envy.

"It certainly doesn't worry me at all when he's playing great all the time. We're great mates. The thing is there's no ego," he said.

"If someone sees something we just jump on the back of it. There's no real fighting over the ball at all.

"I'm proud of him, not in envy of him."

Like a revived patient who was clinically dead for a couple of minutes, Pearce said he got a taste of what finals elimination feels like in between Jared Waerea-Hargreaves coughing up possession and Braith Anasta's freakish last-second field goal, which kept the Roosters alive.

Pearce announced that the Roosters have finally got their mojo back and are determined to make the most of their second lease of life.

"I think so," he said.

"It's do or die this week. There's no more motivation than that. We'll be going out there with as much confidence as we can to win the game.

"When we lost the ball ... it definitely pops in your mind that it's over, but we somehow got the ball back. It was pretty crazy."

The Tigers were upset that that final scrum was allowed to continue after Chris Heighington failed to jump on the ball, but Pearce was adamant the Roosters won the match legitimately.

"I reckon we did, definitely," he said.

"I think the tackle before (Simon Dwyer on Waerea-Hargreaves) could've been a penalty any other week. That would've been the game then and there.

"I don't know why anyone should be complaining."

Roosters forward Nate Myles said the Roosters have pulled up better than expected from their marathon 100-minute match and still have plenty of juice left in the tank.

Myles admitted the grand final-like celebrations the team let out post-match were probably over the top, but have now reigned in their emotions and are determined to go all the way.

"We wouldn't be here right now if we didn't think we could go all the way," Myles said.

"I think we got a bit carried away. We sort of just lived for the moment ... a game like that, I don't think you'll get one of them too often. We celebrated but we put a lid on it pretty quick.

"We don't want our season to go to waste."

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