24 Jun 2015

Milestones for Warriors pair

6:41 am on 24 June 2015

The New Zealand Warriors have packed away last weekend's win and aren't getting too excited heading into their game against Canberra in Auckland on Saturday.

Warriors prop Jacob Lillyman

Warriors prop Jacob Lillyman Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Jacob Lillyman and Bodene Thompson will deliver a double milestone moment in the 16th-round National Rugby League clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

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

Lillyman, who made his 10th Origin appearance for the Maroons last week, is in his seventh season with the Warriors after starting with the club in 2009 following 62 outings for the North Queensland Cowboys.

He'll play his 138th match for the 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 Warriors from Wests Tigers and previously the Titans.

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.

Coach Andrew McFadden says their 36-14 win over Gold Coast last Saturday has set them up nicely, but they have to stay grounded.

The 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.

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