New Illawarra Cutters coach Scott Logan faces tough first match

New Illawarra Cutters coach Scott Logan (centre) in his former role as Collegians coach.
New Illawarra Cutters coach Scott Logan (centre) in his former role as Collegians coach.

Newly appointed head coach Scott Logan faces a tough first-up task on Saturday as the Cutters seek revenge on competition leaders Penrith, who knocked them out of the top four just two weeks ago.

Cutters chairman Sean O'Connor confirmed Logan's appointment as coach this week after previous coach Ian Millward vacated the position to take up a role as Dragons coach Paul McGregor's assistant for the remainder of the NRL season.

After a strong start to the season the Cutters have dropped out of the top four after posting only one win from their previous four games.

They now face a Penrith side that snuck home 19-18 in their round 11 encounter a fortnight ago.

A Sam Williams field goal returned them to the winner's circle against Cronulla last week and winger Tyron Cranston, whose second try levelled the scores at 22-22 against the Sharks, said the Cutters would enter this week's match hell bent on revenge.

"I think we really should have won that game [against Penrith]," he said.

"It was a lucky field goal from them. We were set up a couple of times but we just couldn't get it off.

"We'd lost a couple of games in a row and those types of game can turn your whole season around.

"If we had of got the win there it would've been good but it was good to bounce back and get the one-point win the week after."

Cranston said not a lot would change under Logan, who guided Collegians to the Illawarra Coal League premiership last year before linking with the Cutters.

"Loges is pretty switched on," Cranston said.

"He knows what he's talking about so it's not too much of a change.

"He was the assistant coach and was in charge of a lot of our defensive stuff and I'm sure Ian will still help him out a bit where he can."