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Pearce offering: Field goal seals finals berth for Knights, crushes Titans

Mitchell Pearce slotted a field goal in the final minute to give Newcastle a fifth straight win and some all-important momentum heading into the NRL finals.

The Knights trailed 12-6 against the Gold Coast at half-time on Thursday night, but a try to Pearce, a penalty goal and then a one-pointer from their veteran halfback proved the difference.

“We definitely need to tidy up our attack going into the finals, but I’m just really happy for the club and the town we’ll be playing finals. We just need to keep improving,” Pearce said.

It was a solid game but certainly not sensational.

If we are being fair dinkum, the Knights will be flat out making it past week one of the finals, but they could trouble a team like the sixth-placed Parramatta given the star power they have with Pearce and Kalyn Ponga.

If Newcastle’s favourite son, Andrew Johns, had his way centre Bradman Best would be getting a lot more early ball. Johns could not understand at half-time during the Nine commentary why Best was being starved of the ball.

Mitchell Pearce slots the winning field goal in the dying minutes.

Mitchell Pearce slots the winning field goal in the dying minutes.Credit:Getty

“We know he’s a weapon, everyone in the competition knows he’s a weapon – but he’s not getting the ball,” Johns said of Best, who finished the game with 11 runs for 102 metres.

The Titans looked the better team for most of the night but often failed to convert periods of dominance into points.

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