Prop Jacob Lillyman's big-hearted effort against the Sydney Roosters earned him the players' player of the day award after the Vodafone Warriors' opening home game of the NRL season at Eden Park on Saturday night. Photo: Photosport.


Lillyman, who turned 29 on March 7, carried a heavy workload both with the ball and on defence in his side's agonising 14-16 loss to the Roosters in front of another huge Eden Park crowd of 32,740.


Playing his 142nd career match - his 80th for the Vodafone Warriors - Lillyman was presented with his player of the day prize pack at the official post-match function at SKYCITY, the official home of the Vodafone Warriors, on Saturday night.


Also acknowledged was new loose forward Todd Lowrie who was named players' player of the day for his performance in the first-round loss to Parramatta, one of Lowrie's previous clubs.


In 50 minutes on the field against the Roosters, Lillyman carried the ball 14 times for 123 metres and he also made 31 tackles (only Lowrie with 46 and Simon Mannering with 41 made more tackles for the Vodafone Warriors). Impressively Lillyman had no misses and no ineffective tackles.


Against Parramatta, Lowrie made 77 metres from 12 hard tough up the middle of the park and he also made 31 tackles.