By Jake Bull and Trent Thomas
The Illawarra Cutters play their last game of the regular season against the Wyong Roos at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.
With the bye in the final round, this will be the last opportunity for players to impress Head Coach Scott Logan heading into the NSW Cup Finals series.
The Cutters came up short against the Wests Tigers last round and will be looking to improve after leading early in the game.
Logan admits that despite defeat there is a lot that can be taken from the match.
“We took a lot from the game we had five new faces in there that have not seen a lot of footy this year,” said Logan.
“Despite that we saw enough in their effort to believe when we get our full compliment of players back that we have some people around in our squad that can do things when we control the ball.
“We didn't get the completion rate that we wanted and that makes it tough to win games but in regards to the effort and the commitment to the jersey I was really proud with the way some of the guys stood up.
“We will prepare for the last regular season game as we would any other week and be looking to get a win before the finals.
“It’s an important game for us.”
On the contrary, Wyong had a surprising victory against their more experienced opponent the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.
This week the Cutters welcome back Adam Quinlan to the side after featuring earlier in the year and joins second-rower Nathan Green.
The Roos are a team that could cause the home side trouble, as seen with the win against the Sharks last weekend.
This week they have named experienced players Zane Tetevano, Shaune Corrigan and former NSW and Australia international Mark O’Meley.
A win for Illawarra will ensure they finish in the top four, an important step in the structure of the finals series.