Team List NRL 2015 - Round 16 team vs the Raiders

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Twin milestones

Tue 23rd June, 04:54PM

It will be the 200th career appearance for 31-year-old Queensland Origin prop Lillyman while Kiwi second rower Thompson (26) will be playing his 100th first-grade match.

The clash against the Raiders headlines another tripleheader programme for the club which kicks off with the NYC clash between the fourth-placed Vodafone Junior Warriors and the eighth-ranked Raiders (12.40pm) followed by the Vodafone Warriors (third) taking on the Mounties (second) in the New South Wales Cup (2.40pm kick-off).

Lillyman, who made his 10th Origin appearance for the Morons last week, is in his seventh season with the Vodafone Warriors after starting with the club in 2009 following 62 outings for the North Queensland Cowboys. He’ll play his 138th match for the Vodafone Warriors this week leaving him on target to top fellow Queenslander Michael Luck’s record for the most games for the club by an Australian player (Luck played 150 times from 2006-2012).

Lillyman goes into the match in career-best form after carting the ball 204 metres from 20 runs when he was used off the bench in last Saturday’s 36-14 win over Gold Coast. His was an outstanding effort just three days after Origin II in Melbourne.

Thompson has played all 14 matches so far this season since joining the Vodafone Warriors from Wests Tigers and previously the Titans. He, too, has been in superb form collecting back-to-back players’ player of the day awards after the wins against Parramatta and Newcastle last month.

“Jake has been a terrific servant for the Vodafone Warriors,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden.

“He has all the qualities we want to see in our players. He puts in every time he takes the field and is consistently among our best. It’s great to see him reaching the 200-game mark.

“Bodene has been a great acquisition for the club as we expected he would be. He works so hard and is adding more to his game as the season goes on. Like Jake, he’s so consistent.”

Coming back into the line-up for the Canberra contest are utility Tuimoala Lolohea and prop Albert Vete. Lolohea replaces right wing Ken Maumalo, who is out this week after leaving the field with an ankle injury early in the second half on Saturday night; and Vete, who was 18th man against the Titans, returns on the bench for his 12th appearance replacing Sebastine Ikahihifo.

The Lillyman-Thompson twin achievements will play out in front of members and fans on a special night for the club as it marks its 20th anniversary season with its second #OnesieParty in support of the Jammies in June. The programme, run by the Vodafone Warriors’ major charity partner Kidz First Children’s Hospital, aims to reduce high rates of preventable illnesses by providing children in need with pyjamas.

Wearing their Vodafone Warriors onesies, Lillyman and Thompson have coincidentally featured as faces of the club’s promotion of Saturday’s #OnesieParty themed occasion.

The Vodafone Warriors are seeking their fifth straight win against the Raiders. In 33 clashes between the two sides they are just behind on the wins ledger 16-17 but have a 10-6 record in 16 matches at home. Heading into this round the home side is seventh on the table with 16 points with the Raiders ninth on 14.


Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

5.00pm, Saturday, June 27



I'm happy with that team.
Best players available.Players in form.
Havili only has to give us two short solid stints. Has the ability to bust them wide open.
I suppose Mannering or Thompson would be cover for the backs.
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Any word on how Fish has been going in the NSWarriors? I wonder if he will eventually get a run at some point. Hard to believe he as only played 24 games since 2011.
Good looking team. Gubb still hasnt sold me completely but looks a good team man. Time to make Rickys head go red.
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I suppose we're only one injury away from Havili being our number one hooker, so i guess McFlappin needs to get him up to first grade speed...well, as up to speed as Havili gets.
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When Crocker sees Hurrell's name on team sheet

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When Crocker sees Hurrell's name on team sheet
Why do you thing Allwood signed up after coming up against our terror squad at Eden Park last year.;)

Good to see Vete back. Gubb is probably a reward for the effort he's put in since being called up; hopefully he keeps it up and make Lisone work to get back in. A bit of competition would be good.

Interested to see how Havili is used this week. Last weekend it looked like he was only there as Friends concussion replacement before coming on for the last 5 minutes or so.
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Best team available, will be good in a couple of weeks when the lot coming back from injury have a couple of nsw cup games under there belt. The backs esp will need to keep up the good work
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That's a sweet looking backline.. real sharp pace and strike power.. with the exception of Laumape and maybe Fisiiahi that's probably the strongest backline we can field.

Didn't Tui make his debut from the wing against the Raiders? He was quite sharp from that position that day.. set up a nice try with a wicked inside pass to??.. can't recall but it was a goodin

Good to see Albie straight back in the team.. very physical and confrontational he's a young gun who plays above his age level, smacking and charging into seasoned campaigners this boys got some big nads.

No disrespect to the green machine but their Hurrell, Johnson and Matulino's bunny team.. those three always seem to have big games against them for some weird reason.. Hurrell just goes insane, Johnson turns it up a notch and Mutts charges and hits dudes like it's under 12's

Nobody should underestimate the Raiders they are a strong outfit especially attacking wise

Wighton, Edrick Lee, Waqa all massive threats.. aerially spectacular.. Solid veterans Croker, Shillington, Soliola, Nuuausala.. Strong back rowers Papalii and Fensom.. this is a very good team

If it's a grind then they'll be well in it ..BUT.. if our boys are in the mood we'll beat them.. That's not arrogance that's confidence in our teams ability.

Key is patience, same as last week.. repeat sets, completions, pressure, earn the right to play footy.

Hopefully get to see Sticky blow his trumpet and kick the snot out of something along the side line:D..
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Pending weather this could be a high scoring affair.

That backline looks the goods on paper, I'm more interested in how it goes defensively though.
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Good team. Well balanced. Nice to see RFM retain his place in the team after a strong display. Seb isn't doing himself any favours... One great display, followed by a poor one. Good to see Albert back too - no doubt he'll be raring to go.

Should be way too strong for the Raiders, hopefully Manu, Shaun Johnson and Konnie have their annual destruction derby against them.

Looking forward to this one. How sweet it would be to go into both byes this year on the back of two wins...
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I'm hoping we lose this one... Sorry but another two weeks with nothing to argue about other than a manu mistake and I'll lose it...:rage:
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Warriors v Raiders preview
Wed 24 Jun, 2015, 12:00pm
By Corey Rosser, NZ Correspondent, Email

Warriors v Canberra Raiders
Mt Smart Stadium
Saturday 5.00pm (NZT), 3.00pm (AEST)

Two of the NRL Telstra Premiership's most entertaining sides meet this weekend, with the winner almost assured of sitting inside the top eight at the end of the round.
The Warriors had their most convincing win of the year last Saturday, punishing the Titans with a 36-14 victory led by Shaun Johnson.
But the Andrew McFadden coached side still have a few changes ahead of Saturday's game against the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium, with Sebastine Ikahihifo replaced by Albert Vete and Tuimoala Lolohea coming in for the injured Ken Maumalo on the right wing.
State of Origin stars Jacob Lillyman, who will play his 200th NRL game, and Ryan Hoffman return to the starting 13 after playing last week off the bench.
The Raiders on the other hand became the latest victim's of the fast-finishing Cowboys, going down 21-20 thanks to a Johnathan Thurston field goal with seconds remaining.
Coach Ricky Stuart has elected to take the same 17 to Auckland, but has included mid-season recruit Joey Leilua as 18th man.
Fans are encouraged to come along wearing their best onesie, with the game themed as the #OnesieParty in support of the Jammies in June campaign, which aims to reduce high rates of preventable illnesses by providing children in need with pyjamas.
Draw Widget - Round 16 - Warriors vs Raiders

Watch out Warriors: Canberra have scored more tries than any other team in the NRL to date, averaging four per game. Attack hasn't been an issue for Ricky Stuart's men in 2015, and in five of their six victories they have clocked up 29 points or more. If the Warriors experience some bad defensive periods they are sure to be punished.
Expect the unexpected when it comes to the Raiders. This season Canberra have frequently looked to the off-the-cuff plays to score their points, and have players scattered all through their 17 who can do it.

Watch out Raiders: Last week the Warriors completed over 80 percent of their sets for the first time since Round 8, and were a different team in the last half hour as a result. So often the area of the game where the Warriors have fallen apart this year, against the Titans they scored five tries and conceded just one in the final 30 minutes.
The Kiwi side ran through the Titans with ease last week, with a total of 1788 running metres and eight players who ran for over 100 metres individually. There were also monster efforts from front-rowers Lillyman [204m] and Ben Matulino [222m]. Canberra simply can't let the opposing big men get on a roll.

Key Match-Up:
Shaun Johnson v Blake Austin. On paper they line up in different positions, but their shared ability to change a game in the blink of an eye makes their personal clash an exciting one. Johnson comes off his best game of the year, slashing through the Titans with 116 run metres, two line breaks and a brace of tries. Austin meanwhile is being labelled the buy of the year, celebrating his arrival in Canberra with 12 line breaks, 10 tries and an average of 86 metres per game.

The History:
Played 33; Warriors 16, Raiders 17. The Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak over the Raiders, with three of those victories being by 34 points or more. Across 14 games played in Auckland, Canberra have tasted victory just under 50 percent of the time.

What Are The Odds:
The money for Canberra has been running 2:1 with Sportsbet but punters are keen on both sides to win 1-12, suggesting we might be in for a close one. Latest odds at

Did You Know:
Jacob Lillyman will play his 200th Telstra Premiership game this Saturday and 138th for the Warriors. That puts him on track to surpass Micheal Luck's record for the most games for the club by an Australian player [150 appearances] some time next year. Lillyman sits 12th overall in terms of the most games for the New Zealand club.

Match Officials:
Referee: Gerard Sutton. Assistant Referee: Chris Butler. Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Anthony Eliott. Video Referees: Steve Chiddy and Ben Galea.

Sky Sport – Live from 5.00pm NZT. Fox Sports - Live from 3.00pm AEST.

The Way We See It:
The Warriors have the chance to control their own fate in this one, knowing that if they complete at 75 percent or more and they probably win. Complete at less and recent history shows defeat is likely. The Raiders have plenty of talent, and points, but right now lack consistency in their spine. The New Zealanders on the other hand have Sam Tomkins back and boast form in the key positions. Warriors by 14.
I'm hoping we lose this one... Sorry but another two weeks with nothing to argue about other than a manu mistake and I'll lose it...:rage:
Life could get worse for you..... and we could win and, Manu, miracle of all miracles, may not make a mistake ..... we may then have to put you on suicide watch ;)
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Did You Know:Jacob Lillyman will play his 200th Telstra Premiership game this Saturday and 138th for the Warriors. That puts him on track to surpass Micheal Luck's record for the most games for the club by an Australian player [150 appearances] some time next year. Lillyman sits 12th overall in terms of the most games for the New Zealand club.

Not to get picky (or dare be optimistic), but if we go deep into the finals then there's a chance he surpasses it this year.