Illawarra Cutters second-rower Chris Lewis has praised his teammates following the 54-12 victory over the Burleigh Bears in the NRL State Championship at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday.

The Cutters notched nine tries in the comprehensive win which saw Lewis himself etch his name onto the scoresheet.

The former St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team graduate has noted the respective dominant efforts demonstrated on the day by the team’s spine and forward-pack who took the game to their opponents in the opening period of play.

“We got off to a strong start and they were tough for the opening twenty minutes and we stuck right with them,” said Lewis.

“It was a really strong performances by us during that time and it helped set us up for the rest of the game putting further points on them.

“I thought that Wakeman, Host and Sironen all rolled through their forwards in the middle and they really stood up as there were a few big boys in the Bears pack.

“They were really hitting us hard like I said during that opening twenty minutes but we hung in there.

“It was a really good team performance with blokes like Nona, Hutchison, McCrone and Havili all helping to steer us around really well.”