Last Saturday night Sam Rapira joined the Vodafone Warriors elite group of players who have appeared in 150 games for the club.
Now North Queenslander Lillyman, who started with the Vodafone Warriors in 2009, will become the 22nd player to appear in 100 games for the club after beginning his NRL career with 62 appearances for the Cowboys from 2003-2008. Last year young front rowers Ben Matulino and Russell Packer also reached the 100-game mark.
Lillyman has regularly operated in tandem with Matulino from the interchange since being converted into a full-time prop.
Jake is so reliable and so consistent, a player who gives the team exactly whats needed week in, week out, said Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott.
His experience around the players is also invaluable and its a great reward seeing him reach a mark that means a lot at our club.
Lillyman will mark his achievement in a match of vital significance to the Vodafone Warriors. They make the trip to Wollongong sitting in 10th spot on the table, one of three teams on 26 and eyeing a chance of making the finals in the very last round of the season.
With their record 50-16 rout of Canberra last Saturday night, they climbed into the top eight for the first time this season but held eighth spot for less than 24 hours before results on Sunday pushed them out of the top half of the competition.
The final round starts with four teams vying for the last two spots in the top eight Newcastle on 27 followed by North Queensland, Gold Coast and the Vodafone Warriors on 26 while Penrith and Canberra are on 24.
To remain in contention the Vodafone Warriors will have to create history with their first win against the Dragons at WIN Stadium following a run of nine straight losses since St George Illawarra entered the competition in 1999. The clubs only success at the ground was against the Illawarra Steelers in 1996.
Should they achieve a breakthrough win, the Vodafone Warriors would then have to rely on the outcome of the two matches following theirs on Saturday night when the Melbourne Storm host the Titans (7.30 NZT) and the Cowboys meet Wests Tigers in Townsville (9.30 NZT). Depending on the results in those matches, the contest between Newcastle and Parramatta on Sunday could also come into play in determining whether the Vodafone Warriors make the finals.
Its come down to the last round and, as weve seen, this competition throws up some amazing things, he said.
We need to worry about ourselves first and then lets just see what happens.
Jerome Ropati (hamstring) has been named on the right win and Dane Nielsen (ankle) in the centres with Elliott hopeful both will be fit to face the Dragons. Included on a six-man bench are Ngani Laumape and Sio Siua Taukeiaho.
VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
3.00pm, Saturday, September 07
12SIMON MANNERING (c)
20SIO SIUA TAUKEIAHO
HEAD COACH: MATTHEW ELLIOTT