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The Illawarra Cutters meet the Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith on Saturday.

Having only played two weeks ago, where the Panthers were able to win by one point, the Cutters will be hoping to bounce back this time around.

Both teams were in the winning circle last weekend, Illawarra beating the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Penrith defeating the Wyong Roos, both teams will be hoping to continue their momentum.

Cutters utility Chris Lewis made his first appearance of the season for the outfit and scored in the nail-biting 23-22 win.

“It was a tough game and definitely a step up from the local league,” said Lewis.

“I don’t score too many tries and it was very rare to get one on debut but just getting on the field was exciting nonetheless.

“I found out I was playing the day before the match and couldn’t get to sleep which was hard because all I wanted to do rest ahead of the big occasion.”

Illawarra will be looking to go on a run of victories and will aim to do that with a young side that will be looking to impress newly elevated Head Coach Scott Logan.

For the Panthers, the team will be represented by players with plenty of experience in Wes Naiqama, Kevin Kingston and former NSW representative, Tim Grant.

This will be one of the curtain-raisers to the NRL and will also be broadcasted on television, a thrill for all involved.

After last weekend’s victory, the Cutters are in fifth position while their opponents Penrith sit at the top of the table heading into the weekend’s game.

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