By Jake Bull
The Illawarra Cutters travel to face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday.
After pushing the competition leaders Mt Pritchard Mounties to the limit last weekend, the Cutters need to win the next two games and hope results go their way to feature in the 2015 NSW Cup Finals Series.
On the other hand, the Bulldogs struggled early in the year but have found some form and sit in fifth position, leading the pack chasing the top four sides.
Cutters Head Coach Scott Logan was disappointed with the loss but with so many players out, got the effort he was after.
“That was my main priority (the effort) as we had forced late changes with key people in key positions out,” said Logan.
“We had to move some people to positions they don’t normally play so we knew the game wasn’t a game that we finessed the opposition and score a whole heap of points; it was going to be built on gritty effort and a desire to want to hang in there and I asked for that and I got it.”
The Cutters welcome back some much need experience this week with Eto Nabuli, Drew Hutchison and Nathan Green all not featuring last week due to first-grade duties and injury.
The Bulldogs will have plenty of NRL experience themselves with Chase Stanley, Antonio Kaufusi and Jacob Loko all being named in what shapes up to be an exciting game.