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I don't remember a whole lot - Pearce's memory of brutal Origin hit

I don't remember a whole lot - Pearce's memory of brutal Origin hit

Reflecting on Origin I and the heavy hit he took from Will Chambers, Mitchell Pearce said: "I don't remember a whole lot, bits and pieces."

Mitchell Pearce has conceded he does not remember all of New South Wales Blues' stunning State of Origin victory over Queensland Maroons after being concussed in the second half of Wednesday's 28-4 win in Brisbane.

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Pearce was one of several Blues players to excel as Laurie Daley's men moved 1-0 up in the three-match series with an emphatic triumph at Suncorp Stadium.

However, the Sydney Roosters half-back was forced off 11 minutes into the second half, having taken a heavy blow to the head in a high tackle from Will Chambers, who has been fined by the NRL judiciary.

Addressing reporters at Sydney Airport on Thursday, Pearce said: "I don't remember a whole lot, bits and pieces.

"[I'm] a little dizzy, I feel alright. I feel a bit seasick, which was what I was feeling last night. I haven't had too many concussions in my career and it got me good."

Pearce, who scored the second of the Blues' five tries, was able to recall the exceptionally high standard of play throughout a tense opening period, as both teams maintained superb completion rates.

"That first half was the hardest I've played and I heard [Queensland's] Cooper Cronk and Cam Smith say similar things so if they can say that then it's pretty accurate," Pearce added.

"It was fast paced with few stoppages and good to be a part of."

Andrew Fifita, Jarryd Hayne and James Tedesco were all hailed for their individual efforts by Pearce, with the former's exertions prompting comparisons to an iconic Australia forward.

"Fifita was outstanding, I was calling him Artie Beetson," explained Pearce.

"He was constantly getting us on the front foot."



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