Dally M Awards 2017: Mitchell Pearce’s Anzac Day winner claims headline moment

MITCHELL Pearce has owned his share of games. But none like this.

Of all the NRL moments of 2017, none beat Pearce’s golden point field goal to win the Anzac Day blockbuster against St George Illawarra.

Only days after The Daily Telegraph revealed Pearce had missed 18 straight clutch attempts, the Roosters seven emphatically snapped his hoodoo to win 13-12 in front of a record crowd of 40,864.

More than simply kicking his first field goal since 2011, the 30m strike also capped an outstanding performance which saw the polarising playmaker score a try and win the Anzac Medal.

And now, The Peter Frilingos Headline Moment, too.

While Pearce humbly deflected attention from his MVP performance immediately after the game — even saying of his try “it’s nice instead of getting belted” — Roosters coach Trent Robinson was far more open with his praise.

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Mitchell Pearce celebrates his matchwinning headline moment. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Mitchell Pearce celebrates his matchwinning headline moment. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“There was some talk, even in the last couple of weeks, where they went and put his (Pearce’s) stats out there for drop goals,” Robinson said. “It’s safe to say he’s practised more this off season, preseason and then in-season than any other year.

“You work hard and you get your results.”

Quizzed on his half-back’s try the coach added: “To score the try he did — normally a halfback would just stand back and organise the next play.

“But to hit the line like he did off Isaac Liu, to score that try to get us in front … it’s a big play.

“For a halfback to decide to stop organising and say ‘I’m going to hit up off the front rower like that’, huge. And to then nail the field goal is a real credit to him.”

Ironically, Pearce also landed another golden point field goal seven weeks later, pipping Melbourne 25-24 at Adelaide Oval. That play capped a huge comeback for the Tricolours, who at one point had trailed Storm by 14 points.

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