I'd be surprised if Pearce was that sensitive. All the footage & interviews I've seen of them, they really get along & Pearce is always talking Ponga up & how talented a player he is. They even had a video session on NRL.com talking through how many options Ponga has running to the line because of his talent. I think it's more likely Pearce cared too much about Ponga working in the 6 that himself & the team were trying to expedite things by giving him heaps of control. With Ponga moving back, that gave the green light for Pearce to go full bore again & run the show like the dominant halfback he is.