By Blake Edwards

Illawarra Cutters hooker Sam Coster is confident his teammates can bounce back in form against the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium, Penrith on Sunday.

The Cutters were narrowly defeated 12-8 by the New Zealand Warriors across the ditch last round but still remain within the competitions top four-placed teams.

Coster, in the midst of his third season with the Club, believes that the squad are working well together and remain confident despite the minor setback.

Furthermore, the rake has a strong belief that the playing group can establish a greater consistency heading into the tail end of the season with he himself taking the approach to constantly communicate with coaching staff in order to further develop his game.

“The team is gelling quite nicely together and I think it shows on the field,” said Coster

“We’ve been lucky with injuries so we’ve been able to keep a core group of players together who each know their roles.

“Coming into the back end of the season we need to become more consistent and compete for the full eighty.

“There’s no reason why we can’t achieve that.

“Personally, I haven’t changed a lot about how I prepare each week as it’s been more about my communication with others.

“I’ve been communicating heavily with the coaching staff, getting valuable feedback about my role and how I can best help the side.”