ISP Preview: Bulldogs v Cutters

ISP Preview: Bulldogs v Cutters

You would be forgiven for thinking the Canterbury Bulldogs would have a little extra bite for their match against the Illawarra Cutters following their 16-all draw with the Newtown Jets in Round One.

However, Bulldogs coach Andy Patmore only has glowing praise for his side and their gutsy effort to hold on for the result after leading 16-6 with 13 minutes to play.

“No (disappointment), not at all,” Patmore told NSWRL.com.au. “Obviously two points is better than one. In the big schemes of things, we did pretty well in the back end of the game. We had no ball or field position, so we had to hang on.

“The effort was good. We made a couple of mistakes in defence but the effort was great to start the year. We hung on in the end and we were probably lucky to get away with a draw. They came home hard at us. I was pretty happy.”

Meanwhile, the Cutters put the Intrust Super Premiership NSW on alert with an emphatic 36-22 triumph over the Warriors. Illawarra cruised to a comfortable 24-4 half-time lead before they relinquished their grip on the game to allow the Warriors back into the contest. The Warriors fought back to trail 30-22 with 18 minutes remaining before the Cutters clinched the win.

The Bulldogs will have to be at their best to take down the Cutters. Behind fast-rising star halfback, Drew Hutchison, Illawarra is shaping as one of the competition’s heavyweights this season. Named in the 2014 NYC Team of the Year and playing for the victorious NSW Under-20s side in the same season as his NRL debut last year, Hutchison has a very bright future ahead of him in first grade according to Patmore.

“[Illawarra] certainly have some big boys,” Patmore said. “They play directly with good field position. Drew Hutchison is going to be a star. He runs their plays and is very good in the halves. The big blokes and Drew Hutchison, they’re a pretty powerful team.”

Canterbury v Illawara: Mission for Unbeaten Start
Belmore Sports Ground, Saturday 12th March, 3:00pm
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This article first appeared on NSWRL.com.au

ISP Preview: Bulldogs v Cutters

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