Illawarra Cutters blitz scoreless Newcastle

Kiti Glymin crossed for the Cutters within the first 20 minutes.

Kiti Glymin crossed for the Cutters within the first 20 minutes.

The Illawarra Cutters solidified their position in the top four with an emphatic 26-0 victory over Newcastle at Kogarah on Saturday.

After racking up 11 tries in a hammering of Manly last week, the Cutters posted 20 of their 26 points in a first-half blitz in which winger Tyron Cranston moved his tally to six tries in his past two games, the first posted with the match barely two minutes old.

He had his second inside 10 minutes in a start that coach Scott Logan had demanded from his side.

"It's something we've been working on over the past few weeks," Logan said.

"A few weeks prior we'd conceded a few tries early against a couple of sides.

"To jump out and get the field position we did and play with the shape we did early probably cemented that win for us.

"We had some good defence at the back end but the win probably came from that start.

"What we do with our shape is not too complicated - it's more about us putting it on in the right part of the field and playing some footy within in it. Our two halves are doing OK so I'm happy with them."

Paul McGregor might like to consider that Nathan Green was also a powerhouse for the Cutters in the new position of back row, backing up his two-try performance last week with a try against the Knights.

"I couldn't be happier with Greeny in that back row spot," Logan said.

"He was a bit reluctant to go there at first but, who knows, he may have found his position there. He's been really strong on that edge."

Cranston's double had the Cutters off to a flyer before Kiti Glymin and Kyle Eather both got on the scoresheet inside the first 20 minutes.

Despite the handy buffer, the Cutters defended their line stoutly, denying the Knights on multiple occasions before Green's try two minutes from time sealed the 26-0 result.

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