The North Sydney Bears went down to the Illawarra Cutters at WIN Stadium on Saturday by 38-6 in what is now the Bears’ third loss on the trot.
An explosive performance from the fifth placed Cutters saw the Bears down and out well before the final hooter as Illawarra ran in seven tries to the Bears’ one.
In a match that bore striking similarities to the pre-season trial between the two outfits, The Cutters were aided by the experience of first graders such as Matt Groat.
While Rabbitohs squad member Aaron Gray managed to cross the stripe for the Bears’ only try, the loss leaves the Bears as one of only three teams in the NSW Cup to have not scored over 100 points in the first five rounds of the season.
The Bears will have their best opportunity yet to score a win though against the Wyong Roos in round six of the competition, when they take on the competition new-comers at North Sydney Oval in the coming round.
Illawarra Cutters 38 (Junior Tia Kilifi, Charlie Runciman, Nathan Green, Geoff Daniela, Kiti Glymin, Shane Pumipi, Josh Ailomai tries; Michael Witt 5 goals)
North Sydney Bears 6 (Aaron Gray try; Kurt Aldridge goal)