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Centre Matt Allwood was one of the Vodafone Warriors' try scorers in their loss to the Illawarra Cutters. Image |

Just like the NRL side later in the day, the Vodafone Warriors had to stage a big comeback only to fall short against the Illawarra Cutters in the opening round of the Intrust Super Premiership at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday.

Down 4-24 at halftime, the Vodafone Warriors were 4-30 behind soon after the break but then fashioned a recovery.

Tries to Jazz Tevaga and Konrad Hurrell gave them a glimmer of hope and when centre Matt Allwood added a third consecutive try an unlikely win was a possibility with the margin reduced to 22-30.

It didn’t come as the Cutters put the match to bed to win 36-22.

Earlier wing Ken Maumalo scored the Vodafone Warriors’ first try.

Match details | WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Illawarra Cutters 36 (Tom Carr 2, Shaun Nona, Peter Mata-utia, Tyrone McCarthy, Blake Wallace tries; Shaun Nona 6 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 22 (Ken Maumalo, Jazz Tevaga, Konrad Hurrell, Matt Allwood tries; Ata Hingano 3 conversions).

Halftime: 24-4 Cutters.

Vodafone Warriors | Tomas Aoake; David Fusitu’a, Konrad Hurrell, Matt Allwood, Ken Maumalo; Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Ata Hingano; Ali Lauitiiti (c), Erin Clark, Upu Poching; Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marata Niukore; Jazz Tevaga. Interchange: John Palavi, Paul Tuli, Pat Sipley, James Bell.


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