KICK-OFF: Pearce criticism all too predictable

UNWARRANTED: Mitchell Pearce will again wear the brunt of criticism for a NSW series defeat, but it's his teammates that have more to answer for. Picture: Getty Images

UNWARRANTED: Mitchell Pearce will again wear the brunt of criticism for a NSW series defeat, but it's his teammates that have more to answer for. Picture: Getty Images

AVID Facebookers like Kick-off would be well familiar with the “Your Memories” function on the social media app.

For the uninitiated, it reminds you of past posts from previous years you’ve likely entirely forgotten about. For the most part, it’s very good for going back and deleting evidence of silly things you did at university while full of boxed wine.

However, at this time of year, a look back through Facebook reveals what become a hobby, damn near an addiction, for all league fans south of the border – scapegoating Mitchell Pearce. Our own Facebook history is littered with frustrated references to Pearce’s  past failures at Origin level.

It’s a timely reminder of just how easy it is to slip back into the old habit amid the frustration of another series loss but, in 2017, it’s unfair. Predictable, but unfair. All NSW players should have a hard look at themselves in the cold light of another series loss, but there’s a few that should be blushing more than Pearce.

It’s highly unlikely he will be selected again next year, but it will have very little to do with his performance in this series.

On that alone, dropping Pearce next series would be unwarranted, but you have to wonder if he even wants to put himself through it all again.

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