Top three half backs in NRL: 1. Johnathan Thurston. 2. Cooper Cronk 3. Mitchell Pearce. Mitchell Pearce's solo try, extra time field goal, and generally outstanding play against St. George-Illawarra generally, including his defence, proved that he is only eclipsed by the two Queenslanders. Mitchell Pearce has finally proven himself to all but the most deranged doubters that he is top quality and an asset to the Roosters and the game generally.