Mitch Pearce has staked his claim for a return to the State of Origin arena after putting on a masterclass in the Sydney Roosters’ 36-4 NRL win over the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters halfback orchestrated a first-half blitz, setting up three tries in the space of six minutes as the Roosters broke a four-game losing streak.
First he put up a bomb which Boyd Cordner batted back for a Sio Siua Taukeiaho four-pointer. A short time later Cordner had a try of his own when he ran onto a neat short ball from Pearce.
The No.7 turned provider again when he bombed for Daniel Tupou who leapt high to get his second as the Roosters led 22-0 at halftime.
He put the icing on the cake in the 70th minute when he pounced on a loose ball, soccered it through before regathering and scoring.
Pearce went into the match looking to prove to NSW selectors he was deserving of winning back the Blues halfback spot he lost to Trent Hodkinson last year and did his claims a world of good with a starring performance.
What would have also been pleasing to Blues coach Laurie Daley was the Roosters’ left-side combination – of Boyd Cordner, Michael Jennings and Tupou – which looked dangerous all night.
Tupou made a timely rebound to form, scoring three tries in a strong bid to retain his Blues spot that some had suggested was under pressure.