Illawarra recorded a convincing 36-8 victory over the Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium on Friday evening.
Illawarra’s Shaun Nona wound back the clock, finding the form which saw him lead his side to premiership and state championship glory in 2016, playing a hand in four of the side's seven tries.
The hosts were first to score through Izaac Thompson and lead to 12-0 after just ten minutes when centre Patrick Herbert crossed.
The Tigers hit back through centre Lalotoa Mata’afa before Thompson completed his first-half hat trick and prop Jacob Hind also went over as the hosts led 26-4 at the break.
Hind continued his try-scoring ways immediately after the break steaming over Tigers defenders to collect his double.
Illawarra drifted in and out of the contest before Nona linked up with Dufty, who raced in for a four-pointer. The visitors would round out the scoring with a late try to Nathan Milone, but Illawarra proved to strong running out 36-8 victors.