Album: Rd 6: Raiders Vs Warriors

Seasoned props Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman (pictured), Russell Packer and Sam Rapira are set to be reunited for the first time in 17 matches for the Vodafone Warriors’ sixth-round NRL clash against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday (7.30pm kick-off local time; 9.30pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.<br /> The quartet, last in harness in the 13th-round 12-22 loss to Melbourne in Auckland on June 3 last year, was today named in the line-up for the Canberra trip.<br /> Rapira and Packer are listed to start as they did in last Sunday’s heartbreaking 22-24 loss to South Sydney with Ben Matulino and Jacob Lillyman, who is back from a one-week lay-off with an ankle injury, named on the interchange.<br /> All with 100-plus appearances, they’ve amassed almost 500 games between them.<br /> Of the foursome, only Matulino has played all five matches so far this season with Packer making his first appearance of the year last Sunday.<br /> “We’ve been heavily hit by injuries to our front rowers this season so it’s a real positive to have these four experienced props back together at last,” said head coach Matthew Elliott.<br /> “We’ve had various players filling the propping role for us so far this year and they’ve all done a terrific job in difficult circumstances.”<br /> Elliott has been able to recall not only Lillyman but also utility Ben Henry, who missed the South Sydney contest with concussion. He has been named on a five-man bench.<br /> With Dane Nielsen not yet cleared to return from his rib cartilage injury, the youthful pairing of Konrad Hurrell and rookie Ngani Laumape, will again start in the centres. They were both impressive against the Rabbitohs, each scoring a try with Hurrell making 150 metres from 15 runs and Laumape 120 from 13 carries.<br /> The upshot is Elliott has been able to name the same starting line-up used last Sunday.<br /> In that match captain Simon Mannering took his career tally to 170 appearances, moving into fourth-equal with Awen Guttenbeil on the club’s all-time list behind Stacey Jones, Logan Sw



Rd 6: Raiders Vs Warriors

Updated Apr 13, 2013
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Seasoned props Ben Matulino, Jacob Lillyman (pictured), Russell Packer and Sam Rapira are set to be reunited for the first time in 17 matches for the Vodafone Warriors’ sixth-round NRL clash against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday (7.30pm kick-off local time; 9.30pm NZT). Photo: Photosport.
The quartet, last in harness in the 13th-round 12-22 loss to Melbourne in Auckland on June 3 last year, was today named in the line-up for the Canberra trip.
Rapira and Packer are listed to start as they did in last Sunday’s heartbreaking 22-24 loss to South Sydney with Ben Matulino and Jacob Lillyman, who is back from a one-week lay-off with an ankle injury, named on the interchange.
All with 100-plus appearances, they’ve amassed almost 500 games between them.
Of the foursome, only Matulino has played all five matches so far this season with Packer making his first appearance of the year last Sunday.
“We’ve been heavily hit by injuries to our front rowers this season so it’s a real positive to have these four experienced props back together at last,” said head coach Matthew Elliott.
“We’ve had various players filling the propping role for us so far this year and they’ve all done a terrific job in difficult circumstances.”
Elliott has been able to recall not only Lillyman but also utility Ben Henry, who missed the South Sydney contest with concussion. He has been named on a five-man bench.
With Dane Nielsen not yet cleared to return from his rib cartilage injury, the youthful pairing of Konrad Hurrell and rookie Ngani Laumape, will again start in the centres. They were both impressive against the Rabbitohs, each scoring a try with Hurrell making 150 metres from 15 runs and Laumape 120 from 13 carries.
The upshot is Elliott has been able to name the same starting line-up used last Sunday.
In that match captain Simon Mannering took his career tally to 170 appearances, moving into fourth-equal with Awen Guttenbeil on the club’s all-time list behind Stacey Jones, Logan Sw

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