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The Illawarra Cutters defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 26-22 at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday.

The Illawarra Cutters were bolstered by the addition of ten players from the St George Illawarra Dragons to their ranks for the second pre-season hit-out.

The Cutters overcame the wet conditions to gain an early lead and never relinquished it with a Tyron Cranston try in the corner in the second minute of play.

The visitors continued their good start when Ryan Carr extended their lead to 8-0 after diving on his own grubber in the in-goal.

The Cutters extended their first half lead through Shannon Wakeman who crashed over from short range.

Cranston was on hand to convert to make it 14-0.

However, the Bulldogs had a small fight back by the end of the first half managing to score a converted try in reply.

The Bulldogs started from where they left off in the first half and reduced the Cutters lead to 14-10.

The Cutters struck back when they needed too through a Nathan Smith try in the 55th minute.

Cranston converted the extras to make it 20-10.

The Bulldogs continued to fight back however, and reduced the Cutters lead to 20-16.

The visitors re-extended their buffer out to six through Sam Duggan’s efforts and the later conversion to Cranston.

A late Bulldogs converted try was awarded but it was not enough to stop the Cutters winning 26-22.

The St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team defeated their Bulldogs counterparts 44-20 in their earlier trial at the same venue.

The Young Dragons scored 11 tries in their second pre-season outing which was played over three stanzas in muggy conditions.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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