The Illawarra Cutters defeated the North Sydney Bears 38-6 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.
The Cutters were the first off the ranks securing first points of the encounter courtesy of prop Josh Ailaomai after ten minutes of play.
Cutters halfback Michael Witt converted to make it 6-nil.
The hosts scored again after Junior Tia-Kilifi grabbed a cross field kick in the 20th minute.
Michael Witt converted once more to make it 12-nil.
The Cutters extended their lead three minutes later through centre Nathan Green who proved too strong for the opposition’s defence.
Witt was again on strike to make it 18-nil.
Cutters winger Kiti Glymin twisted and turned to get past several defenders before getting the ball down to further extend the Cutters lead just after the half-hour mark.
The Cutters came out for the second half looking to continue their dominant form and started well with a try to centre Charly Runciman.
Witt again converted to make it 28-nil.
The game evened out once again as both teams bunkered down in the middle of the field but the stalemate was broken in the 70th minute through Shane Pumipi’s try under the posts which had been set up via a Shannon Wakeman line break.
The Cutters scored once again nearer the fulltime whistle through Runciman who notched his second of the game.
Witt converted to make it 38-nil.
In the final play of the game the Bears managed a consolation converted try through Aaron Gray.
Illawarra Cutters 38 defeated the North Sydney Bears 4.
Illawarra Cutters: 38 Tries: Runciman (2), Ailaomai, Tia-Kilifi, Green, Glymin, Pumipi. Goals: Witt (5/7).
North Sydney Bears: 6. Try: Gray. Goal: Gray (1/1).