BUILD a bridge and get over it.
That’s the message of Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce to the Wests Tigers as the fallout continues over their 100-minute marathon in the first week of the finals last Saturday night.
Amid claims from angry Tigers coach Tim Sheens that his side received a series of wrong calls - particularly around the match-defining scrum with seconds remaining in normal time - Pearce was adamant his side won it fair and square.
He was equally certain the Roosters should have received a penalty when forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was whacked high by Tigers replacement Simon Dwyer.
“I don’t know why anyone should be complaining,” Pearce said. “I reckon we [won it legitimately], definitely. I think the high tackle would’ve been a penalty any other week. That would’ve been the game then and there. Frank Paul Nuuausala did well to get the ball back.”
While the Tigers are continuing to grapple with the consequences of the epic golden-point loss, the Roosters are firmly fixed on Saturday night’s sudden-death semi-final against the Panthers at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Roosters coach Brian Smith put them through hours of video work yesterday morning before a field session in driving rain at Moore Park.
Ostensibly, they are not concerned about the season-ending injuries to Panthers back-rowers Frank Pritchard and Trent Waterhouse.
“They get big Petero Civoniceva back this week,” Roosters forward Nate Myles said. “Putting him into any side is going to be terrific for them. They’re losing some but they’re gaining some as well. I think they will be getting Lachlan Coote back as well.”
Myles made that call before the Panthers released their team, sans their electrifying fullback, yesterday.
For their part, the Roosters are still laden with firepower in Pearce and Dally M Medal winner Todd Carney, who was crucial in the victory over the Tigers.
“The way Todd’s playing, everything seems to turn to gold at the moment,” Pearce smiled.
Asked if he was comfortable playing second fiddle to his five-eighth, Pearce said: "I don’t think I’m playing second fiddle to him. We work together, we have our structures that we’ve had all year.
"It certainly doesn’t worry me at all when he’s playing great plays all the time. We’re great mates.
"The thing is, there’s no ego. If someone sees something, we just jump on the back of it. I’m proud of him, not in envy of him.
"As the halfback, I call what position to get into.
“But we both play off each other.”
disgrace to his fathers name…
I don’t know how people, like mitch, can continue to call the ‘hit of the year’ a high tackle? It was one of the best hits I’ve ever seen. The fact that JWH was falling and Dwyer still got low enough makes it an even greater effort by the big fella.
The referring in the closing stages was nothing short of a disgrace. 2 wrong decisions in the space of 10 seconds. Pearce should count himself lucky that the video ref can’t be called for a Field Goal
At no stage does he say “build a bridge and get over it”
Once again a sensationalist headline from the Tele.
Willow, it was in today’s paper.
It was yesterday’s paper (i.e. wednesday)!!!
He may not use the quoted headline - but unlike the recipient JWH - him calling the Dwyer shot “high” and deserving of a penalty proves he is a wanker!
He also has nothing to say about the try being disallowed due to his fight with Benji - I would have liked him to justify that one!
They are not legitimate winners in the contest - and certainly not deserving!
well what else is he going to say? that they didn’t legitimately win the game?..…he’s not going to come out and say, ‘yes we shouldn’t have won, because that scrum shouldn’t have happened’
//I think the high tackle would’ve been a penalty any other week. That would’ve been the game then and there.//
probably, but the match review committee cleared it, so if it was a penalty, that would have been a wrong call too.
If the shoe was on the other foot, he and Brian Smith would be spitting chips as well.
The more we strategically talked about the unfair nature of the Macintyre system and the reffs the more space we earnt for alot of our guys to regather and refocus. It is no suprise that Payten took on media duty being one of our senior playing group and always level headed.
Our squad actually were subject to speculation more than pressure this week.
Very smart little operation