Pearce primed, Cordner cleared for Origin Game 2
MITCHELL Pearce is on the verge of breaking his NSW Origin curse.
The halfback will be named in the No.7 for the Blues this evening when coach Laurie Daley reveals his team for game two on June 21.
The Roosters playmaker is in brilliant touch, putting on a clinic against the Wests Tigers on Sunday and ready to carry that form into the Origin arena.
For years Pearce has been made a scapegoat for poor performances by the Blues with their only series win over the past decade coming when he was out of the side.
But Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes it's Pearce's time.
"He is (ready), he definitely is," Robinson said.
"It's the best I've ever seen him. I'm pretty neutral with all our guys in the team but I'll be cheering Pearcey. He's ready to go ... he's clear, he's confident.
"He probably sees footy differently now than what he did a year ago. He knows his footy. He's always been a really smart footy guy but he's developed again in the last year."
Blues captain Boyd Cordner was a late withdrawal for the on Sunday but he will be fit and ready to lead his troops out against Queensland on Wednesday week.
"He looked sore," Roosters coach Trent Robinson said of Cordner.
"He was ready to play but it was going to cost him. It was going to keep getting worse so I made the call (on Saturday) not to play him."
Daley will name his team for game two at 6pm on Monday, following Canterbury's clash with St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium.
Five players; Josh Jackson, Brett Morris and David Klemmer, Tyson Frizell, and Josh Dugan will be named in the 17, while Jack de Belin will be included on the extended bench providing they come through the game unscathed.
The Blues are set to enter Origin with a more settled side than their Queensland counterparts - making for their first unchanged line-up since the 1996 series.
Predicted NSW side: James Tedesco, Blake Ferguson, Josh Dugan, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Aaron Woods, Nathan Peats, Andrew Fifita, Josh Jackson, Boyd Cordner (capt), Tyson Frizell. Interchange: David Klemmer, Wade Graham, Jake Trbojevic, Jack Bird.