Round 18 NSW Cup Preview
The Bulldogs New South Wales Cup side will host the Illawarra Cutters at Belmore looking to win their second game over the past month.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Vs Illawarra Cutters
Belmore Sports Ground, Saturday, July 12
Referee: Matt Cecchin
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)
Summary: The Illawarra Cutters continued on their merry way last round with a clinical 26-0 win over the Newcastle Knights at WIN Jubilee. The damage was done in the first half, as the Cutters sprinted out to an early 20-0 lead. Cutters winger Tyrone Cranston bagged himself a double, which took his tally to six tries in his last two matches. Cranston hasn’t been a one man band though with the likes of Kyle Eather, Kiti Glymin and Geoff Daniela, all shining as of late. The news hasn’t been quite so rosy for the Dogs however as they have only managed to win one of their last four, and are now all but out of the running for this year’s finals series. Lachlan Burr was one of the VB NSW Cup Representative side’s best last night, and his clash with opposing back rower Willie Mataka looms as a tantalizing clash here. Kayne Brennan is a former Dragon, and will be licking his lips at the chance to get one over on his old club on the weekend. The Cutters will not want to take the Dogs lightly on Saturday. The Bulldogs showed a fortnight ago against the Sharks just what they are capable of.
Keeping a Lid on Things: You would be forgiven for thinking that the Cutters are coached by Des Hasler and not Scott Logan, because despite having been a permanent fixture in the top four for some time now, the Cutters continue to travel along ‘under the radar’. The Panthers are clearly the premiership favourites and deserve that billing, but the Cutters are not that far behind them. When you consider that the Cutters two most recent losses were both close affairs against the Panthers, their form does look outstanding.