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Illawarra Cutters Head Coach Ian Millward is buoyed by his stalwarts efforts this pre-season leading into the trial against the North Sydney Bears at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.

The Cutters secured their first pre-season victory under the new coach’s reign which came in the 26-22 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Belmore Oval last weekend..

Millward believed that the result came down to a good attitude as well as the synergy that is being created during the training sessions.

“It was a really good win and we had a lot of players vying for spots so it was hard to juggle numbers,” said Millward.

“There was a lot of quality on the field and the players showed the right attitude which is a reflection of how everyone is gelling in training.

“We need everyone to keep putting their hand up and remain hungry to play as that will bring out the best in everyone.”

Cutters prop Shannon Wakeman was likeminded in his assessment of how the team has fared so far this pre-season but knows that there is always room for improvement.

“I thought we were very good on the field but several errors show that there is still plenty to do,” said Wakeman.

“This year’s team is going to be exciting and everyone cannot wait to continue the momentum against the Bears this weekend.”

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