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NRL 2015 - Rnd 16 - Warriors vs Raiders Gameday Chatter

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Time to get the beers in, put on your favourite jersey and if youre in town get to the park. Its game day.

While the focus will be on milestone men Jacob Lillyman and Bodene Thompson, team-mates Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson have a chance to extend two remarkable points-scoring streaks when the Vodafone Warriors meet Canberra in Saturday’s 16th-round #OnesieParty NRL clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

For prolific try-scorer Vatuvei it’s a record which stretches back to the end of the 2012 season when the Vodafone Warriors hosted the Raiders in their last game of the campaign.

While the match and the season ended grimly, Vatuvei scored a double to ignite what has been one of the NRL’s hottest scoring runs.

Indeed he has scored no fewer than 13 tries in the Vodafone Warriors’ last six matches against the Raiders – two in the 2012 loss, two in a 16-20 defeat in Canberra early in 2013, a hat-trick at Mount Smart Stadium later in that season, two more in another huge win at Eden Park in 2014, another hat-trick in Canberra later in the year and one in this year’s 18-6 second-round victory in the Australian capital.

Johnson missed the 2012 loss, kicked two goals in the 16-20 defeat in Canberra and then had back-to-back 26-point harvests in the big home wins in 2013 (Mount Smart) and 2014 (Eden Park). He wasn’t able to play in the third consecutive 50-pointer in Canberra last year and then kicked three from three in this year’s victory to give him 62 points in his last four outings against them.

When Vatuvei and Johnson bagged their hat-tricks in the 50-16 win at Mount Smart in 2013, Vatuvei snared his in the space of nine minutes only for Johnson to secure his in less than seven minutes.

While the Vodafone Warriors had winning scores of 50-16, 54-12 and 54-18 in three matches on end, they were fully stretched when the two sides last met on March 15 this year.

There’s little between the two sides on the competition ladder with the Vodafone Warriors in seventh spot with 16 points, only two points ahead of the 10th-placed Raiders who have emerged as the NRL’s top attacking side of the season so far (amassing 339 points).

They’ve also been impressive away from home winning five of seven games on the road while the Vodafone Warriors have won three and lost three at Mount Smart Stadium.

If the home record is to improve, the Vodafone Warriors will need full value from their big men including players of the moment Lillyman and Thompson; Lillyman makes his 200th career appearance on Saturday while first-year Vodafone Warrior Thompson makes his 100th.

Johnson is next on the milestone schedule as he eyes his 98th appearance for the club this week with his 100th set to come up against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on July 19 – the same side and at the same ground where he started his NRL career four years ago.



FIVE KEY FEATURES

#1 JACOB LILLYMAN | It’s a special occasion for ‘Bull’ as he ticks off his 200th NRL appearance since making his debut with North Queensland in 2003. The Origin front rower played 62 times for the Cowboys; this is his 138th game for the Vodafone Warriors.

#2 BODENE THOMPSON | The former Gold Coast and Wests Tigers back rower has been highly impressive since joining the Vodafone Warriors this season. His 15th appearance for the club will be the Tauranga-born Thompson’s 100th NRL match.

#3 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA | Lolohea’s utility value will be on show again this week. He wasn’t used against Gold Coast last week but returns on the wing after previously being used in the centres and at fullback this year. He was used on the wing last season.

#4 SAM TOMKINS | The England international overcame his knee injury to make just his fourth appearance of the season last week, all four of which the Vodafone Warriors have won. Tomkins underlined his quality again with his heavy involvement against the Titans.

#5 CHARLIE GUBB | The popular Wellingtonian has earned his third straight appearance after energetic efforts against the Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast. He was desperately unlucky to miss out on his first NRL try last week after going close twice.

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news/2015/06/25/nrl_preview_v_raider.html

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
12.40pm, Saturday, June 27


VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS

1 TOMAS AOAKE
2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 LEVI McBIRNEY
5 PAUL ULBERG
6 BRAD ABBEY
7 ERIN CLARK
8 BUNTY AFOA
9 CHRIS SIO
10 PAUL TULI
11 AMONI TUFUI
12 MARATA NIUKORE
13 JOSEPH PRICE

14 MIKAERE BEATTIE
15 TUALIMA TUALIMA
16 KOLI ONEONE
17 MATTAIS HEIMULI

COACH: KELVIN WRIGHT

CANBERRA RAIDERS U20

1. Chevi Ellis
2. Lachlan Hurst
3. Brenko Lee
4. Cameron Booth
5. Cleveland McGhie
6. Lachlan Lewis
7. Jack Hickson
8. Brett Solomon
9. Zac Woolford
10. Tevita Pangai Junior
11. Jack Williams
12. Kalani Going
13. Luke Bateman ©

14. Dylan McGrath
15. Daniel Dole
16. Sione Afemui
17. Morgan Boyle
18. Taniela Moa
19. Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai
20. Ezra Howe

VODAFONE WARRIORS v MOUNTIES
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
2.40pm, Saturday, June 27


VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 GLEN FISIIAHI
2 MATTHEW ALLWOOD
3 DAVID Fusitua
4 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX
5 JONATHAN WRIGHT
6 ATA HINGANO
7 MASON LINO
8 SAM LISONE
9 NATHANIEL ROACHE
10 NATHANIEL PETERU
11 JOHN PALAVI (c)
12 SIONE LOUSI
13 SEBASTINE IKAHIHIFO

14 DAVID BHANA
15 SAM RAPIRA
16 JAMES BELL
17 ZAC TIPPINS
18 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

COACH: STACEY JONES

MOUNTIES
1 JACK AHEARN
2 BILL TUPOU
3 MITCH CRONIN
4 JEREMY HAWKINS
5 GUS AIGA
6 JOSH MCCRONE ©
7 MITCH CORNISH
8 LUKE PAGE
9 GLEN BUTTRISS
10 MARK NICHOLLS
11 PAT MATAELE
12 MITCH BARNETT
13 JEFF LYNCH
14 WILLIE MATAKA
15 CLAY PRIEST
16 RHYS KENNEDY
17 JARROD BRACKENHOFER
18 STEWART MILLS

COACH: STEPHEN ANTONELLI


VODAFONE WARRIORS v CANBERRA RAIDERS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
5.00pm, Saturday, June 27

Warriors


1 Sam Tomkins
2 Tuimoala Lolohea
3 Konrad Hurrell
4 Solomone Kata
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Chad Townsend
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Nathan Friend
10 Ben Matulino
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Simon Mannering (c)

14 Siliva Havili
15 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
16 Charlie Gubb
17 Albert Vete

Coach: Andrew McFadden

Tuimoala Lolohea returns on the wing in place of Ken Maumalo. Jacob Lillyman and Ryan Hoffman will start with Raymond Faitala-Mariner moving to the bench and Sebastine Ikahihifo completely dropping out of the team as Albert Vete comes onto the interchange.

Raiders

1 Jack Wighton
2 Edrick Lee
3 Jarrod Croker (c)
4 Sisa Waqa
5 Jordan Rapana
6 Blake Austin
7 Sam Williams
8 Paul Vaughan
9 Josh Hodgson
10 David Shillington
11 Josh Papalii
12 Iosia Soliola
13 Shaun Fensom

14 Kurt Baptiste
15 Jarrad Kennedy
16 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
17 Shannon Boyd
18 Joseph Leilua

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Unchanged after going down by a point to the Cowboys last Saturday. Mid-season recruit Joey Leilua is 18th man.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JACOB LILLYMAN AND BODENE THOMPSON ON REACHING THEIR MILESTONES...

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200th Game

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100th Game
 
Huge match to regain momentum heading into the final rounds. We can get some breathing space with a win, we will generate a lot of confidence if we can put 30 points on. This is as close to our top side that we could play this year (from this position) so there are no excuses. Time to play for 80.
 
Congrats to the Bull and Bodine on their respective milestones.

Hoping for a big day for the club today. Loving the Saturday games makes for a magic afternoon.

Wonder if the fish will get thru the whole game.

Manu to score a double and Kata to get a hattrick today. (heres hoping)
 
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My wish for the day - carry on from last week: forwards set the platform, patience, halves controlling the game and backs running riot. Add pressure upon pressure with few missed tackles and errors and a kicking game which pins the opposition down in their half.
I have a feeling we will see the exact opposite today. After last week I expect them to play well and keep it going but that almost never happens
 
i'm looking forward to watching blake austin. rate him as a player. in fact i rate the raiders team overall. should be a solid either high scoring game or low scoring grind it out one.
 
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It's gonna be a real battle. Warriors to win, but in a close finish.
 
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