Illawarra Cutters second-rower Chris Lewis is pleased to return to familiar settings against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.

The Cutters have had a heavy travel schedule in recent week having not played a home fixture since the Wentworthville Magpies in Round 15.

Lewis is keen to take full advantage of playing at home and expects another physical battle against the Bulldogs bruising pack and is aware of the importance of halting their go forward.

“The Doggies always have a big pack, and Saturday won’t be any different,” said Lewis.

“The key to beating them is simply stopping them up the middle as that is where the game will be won.

“We have a good enough side to get points on the board, if we can complete our sets.

“We’ve let other sides get a bit more possession than we’d like in the past few games, so we can’t afford to give the them more ball than they deserve.

“I think everyone is over the travel, but it hasn’t really taken a toll on anyone.

“It’s more relaxing when you have a home fixture at WIN Stadium, and  I believe it complements the preparation."