Cutters skipper praises defence

Tyrone McCarthy praised the Cutters defence following their prelim final

Tyrone McCarthy praised the Cutters defence following their prelim final

THEY’RE the Intrust Super Premiership’s best second half team and the Illawarra Cutters proved it again when it mattered most, running in two tries in the final four minutes to overturn a 10-6 deficit to book their spot in this Sunday’s grand final against Mounties.

While their attack came up trumps for them at the death, skipper Tyrone McCarthy – who was close to best on ground for the Cutters – praised his side’s defence which absorbed a first half onslaught from the Jets.

“I think for most teams that’s the area they want to be the best at and it’s something JD talks about, being united in our d and thankfully we kept them out enough [on Sunday],” McCarthy said.

“We set [the grand final] as our goal at the beginning of the year and you can see by the boys reaction to those tries we scored just how much it meant to us.

“We made it tough on ourselves but I’m really proud of the effort hanging in there. We knew it was going to be an 80-minute effort and Newtown gave us that.”

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