By Jake Bull and Trent Thomas
The Illawarra Cutters face the in-form Mt Pritchard Mounties at Ron Costello Oval, Shellharbour on Saturday.
The home side heads into the game on the back of a defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Knights, while Mounties had a convincing victory over the New Zealand Warriors.
Cutters Head Coach Scott Logan would like to see some consistency from his side following the loss to the Knights and believes his stalwarts underestimated their opponents after coming off a strong month of football.
“I would like to think we could of kept growing with our momentum and everyone is entitled to a lull from time to time but I would of liked to see us play with more consistency,” said Logan.
“Some of the things we did early on gave the message we could go through the motions but they had some quality players and it wasn't good enough from us.”
Both teams have impressed this season and sit in the top four, highlighting of the importance of the game.
A win for the Cutters could extend their gap between Mounties and the chasing pack.
But, if Illawarra loses then they could drop to as low as fifth.
To help them this week are Matt Groat, Peter Mata’utia and Kiti Glymin who missed last week.
Mt Pritchard has named a side mixed with experienced players and young players in the guise of Kyle O’Donnell, Jake Foster and Lagi Setu who are all aiming to impress their NRL side, the Canberra Raiders.