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Mitchell Pearce inspired Newcastle to a crucial 28-20 win over the Broncos

The return of star halfback Mitchell Pearce inspired Newcastle to a crucial 28-20 win over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night. Playing simply his seventh round of the period and his first in a month, Pearce scored a take a stab at the stroke of half-time and kicked shrewdly to direct the Knights into the main eight for now at any rate.

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Pearce additionally ran for 96 meters and had an attempt help however it was the 32-year-old’s poise that most dazzled mentor Adam O’Brien.

“We had a ton of ball on their line early and I felt like we were baffled and we thought we were qualified for score and ‘Junior’ was the one that quieted them down and we completed the half much better because of him,” O’Brien said.

“With the early belonging I think we got somewhat too invigorated and somewhat restless however with Mitch’s experience, he can feel that we were anxious.”

Despite their lack of ball the Broncos looked set to lead at the break before Pearce produced a trademark left foot step to beat a couple of defenders before reaching out to score the 76th try of his 304-game career.

The Knights then took charge in the second half with Lachlan Fitzgibbon scoring off a Kalyn Ponga grubber to make it 18-8 before Mitch Barnett crossed in the 59th minute to make it 24-8.

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