Album: Round 22: Team Vs Sea Eagles

A clutch of players are closing in on career milestones as an unchanged Vodafone Warriors line-up prepares for Sunday’s challenging 22nd-round NRL clash against Manly at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).<br /> <br /> Props Sam Rapira and Jacob Lillyman plus captain Simon Mannering will move another step towards landmarks after head coach Matthew Elliott today named the same combination for the third week running.<br /> <br /> Coming off a second consecutive match without any injuries, Elliott has stuck with the 17 players used against Melbourne and again in Saturday night’s disappointing 14-18 loss to Cronulla.<br /> <br /> “We didn’t have the performance we expected of ourselves against the Sharks,” said Elliott.<br /> <br /> “We were all disappointed with various aspects of our display. That said, we were still able to put ourselves in a position to win it. We know what we need to do and we also know we’ll need to be immeasurably better, right up to our best, to be able to compete with Manly.”<br /> <br /> The trip to Gosford, a venue the Vodafone Warriors have played at only once before, will see Rapira register his 147th NRL appearance since his debut in 2006. It means he’ll stay on track to reach his 150th milestone game when the Vodafone Warriors play their last home game of the regular season against Canberra on Saturday, August 31. It coincides with the club’s now traditional old boys’ day.<br /> <br /> Rapira’s front row partner Lillyman brings up his 96th game for the club on Sunday, leaving him set to reach the 100-game mark in the last regular season outing against St George Illawarra in Wollongong. Having brought up his 150th career appearance earlier in the campaign, Lillyman would be the only player this season to reach 100 games for the Vodafone Warriors.<br /> <br /> Mannering will be playing his 184th game this weekend, leaving him just one short of joining Lance Hohaia in third spot on the club’s all-time list (ahead of them are Logan Swann on 195 and Stacey Jones on 261).<br /> <br /> Four playe



Round 22: Team Vs Sea Eagles

Updated Aug 11, 2013
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A clutch of players are closing in on career milestones as an unchanged Vodafone Warriors line-up prepares for Sunday’s challenging 22nd-round NRL clash against Manly at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford (2.00pm kick-off local time; 4.00pm NZT).

Props Sam Rapira and Jacob Lillyman plus captain Simon Mannering will move another step towards landmarks after head coach Matthew Elliott today named the same combination for the third week running.

Coming off a second consecutive match without any injuries, Elliott has stuck with the 17 players used against Melbourne and again in Saturday night’s disappointing 14-18 loss to Cronulla.

“We didn’t have the performance we expected of ourselves against the Sharks,” said Elliott.

“We were all disappointed with various aspects of our display. That said, we were still able to put ourselves in a position to win it. We know what we need to do and we also know we’ll need to be immeasurably better, right up to our best, to be able to compete with Manly.”

The trip to Gosford, a venue the Vodafone Warriors have played at only once before, will see Rapira register his 147th NRL appearance since his debut in 2006. It means he’ll stay on track to reach his 150th milestone game when the Vodafone Warriors play their last home game of the regular season against Canberra on Saturday, August 31. It coincides with the club’s now traditional old boys’ day.

Rapira’s front row partner Lillyman brings up his 96th game for the club on Sunday, leaving him set to reach the 100-game mark in the last regular season outing against St George Illawarra in Wollongong. Having brought up his 150th career appearance earlier in the campaign, Lillyman would be the only player this season to reach 100 games for the Vodafone Warriors.

Mannering will be playing his 184th game this weekend, leaving him just one short of joining Lance Hohaia in third spot on the club’s all-time list (ahead of them are Logan Swann on 195 and Stacey Jones on 261).

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