The day Pearce made the perfect return

He’d been out of action for 10 weeks, so the stage was set for Mitchell Pearce to make a triumphant return.

Having torn his pectoral muscle earlier in the year, the playmaker was eager to return for the Round 18 clash against Parramatta.

Jarryd Hayne was running riot for the Eels with the ‘Hayne Plane’ in vintage form.

Hayne ran for 197 metres, 15 tackle breaks and 1 try-assist in their 18-16 loss.

Fortunately for the nib Newcastle Knights, Pearce was instrumental in the tight win, scoring a try and setting up another.

It was a game which could’ve gone either way.

Bevan French pounced on a kick at the death, only to be denied by the bunker with his right foot touching the sideline.

That was last year.

This season, it’s a new-look Eels.

They’ve signed 2018 Dally M winger of the year Blake Ferguson, who is one of the best metre eating wingers in the competition, and monster prop Junior Paulo, who returns to the Club that he played for in 2016.

The Knights play Parramatta at McDonald Jones Stadium in Round 7. They will also face the Eels in Round 21 at the new Western Sydney Stadium.