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By Blake Edwards

Illawarra Cutters Assistant Coach Daniel Lacey is looking for a more consistent performance against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.

The Cutters overcame a six point halftime deficit to prevail 30-28 victory over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles last round while the Bears will be looking to bounce back after are a tough 28-20 loss against the Wentworthville Magpies.

Lacey admits the team's focus has shifted to becoming a more consistent football team who play for the full eighty, and apply more pressure on their opposition to wear them down.

The former NSWRL Representative coach dismissed any issues with the team's defence, despite conceding upwards of 50 points in the past few weeks.

“Our focus is definitely on becoming an eighty minute team,” said Lacey.

“We need to work on building more pressure as well as making sure we complete our sets.

“We want to win our last three games to finish in the top two and gain some form heading into the first week of finals footy.

“Tyrone McCarthy's a big inclusion for us as he’s going to bring some positivity and a bit of confidence back with him after making his NRL debut.

“We have a lot of guys in the squad who will definitely feed of the confidence he possesses.

“I don’t think defence is an issue for us, I think in the last couple of games it was just a lack of attitude towards it."

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