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Biography

Vila Matautia by Alex Service

Once called by journalist Dave Hadfield "an explosive mix of saint and sinner, " Vila Matautia first came to our attention for newly-promoted Doncaster against St.Helens in a First Division fixture at Knowsley Road at the start of the 1994-95 season which the Saints duly lost. Fans will recall a huge guy in the centres with his socks rolled down, who took several players to stop his progress every time he got the ball. It was not long before Doncasterís financial troubles meant that Vila Matautia was headed for Knowsley Road and over the next few years he developed into one of the most explosive impact players in the Super League competition.

Vila is from a Western Samoan family who moved to Auckland when he was young. He was always a pretty uncompromising guy on the field and nobody can ever recall him backing down from anyone. His mere presence as an interchange player would totally dispirit the opposition. They hated that moment when the big guy entered the field because they new exactly what to expect. If they did manage to eventually stop his progress, the chances are that Vila would have left a series of sprawling bodies with copious stud marks across their chest. Close to the line, he was virtually un-stoppable, with all the subtlety of a charging rhino.

Yet he always seemed to attract controversy and was a regular visitor to the disciplinary panel in Leeds. At times his tackling technique needed some fine tuning, but it always seemed his reputation was instrumental in him getting more than his fair share of fines and suspensions. Dave Hadfield summed him up perfectly when he said that some players can make dubious tackles look innocent, whilst Matautia can make routine efforts look like mayhem.

Vila won virtually every honour in the game whilst at St.Helens and it was a great plus to see opposition players wince on seeing his name in the Saints line up. Thereís nothing quite like a bit of fire in the pack, after all. Off the field, however, Vila remains quietly spoken and a true gentleman. He opened up a pub in St.Helens town centre called the Sin Bin, although he is now believed to be working in the building trade. He had a final fling with Leigh Centurions before retiring from the game. Many people were breathing a sigh of relief on hearing that news!



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Vila Matautia : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1994~95 2 0 0 5
1995~9610 0 0 18
19967 0 0 22
19970 0 0 33
19982 0 0 11
19990 0 0 21
20001 0 0 12
20012 0 0 25
TOTALS:24 0 0 147

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1995~962002
19960001
19971002
19980001
19990002
20010001
TOTALS:3009

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 15 14th Apr 1995 Wigan L 1994~95 A 18 34 0 0 0 View
W 15 17th Apr 1995 Widnes L 1994~95 H 54 22 1 0 0 View
W 11 21st Apr 1995 Warrington L 1994~95 H 31 12 0 0 0 View
W 15 7th May 1995 Halifax PT1 1994~95 H 32 16 0 0 0 View
L 11 14th May 1995 Leeds PTSF 1994~95 A 26 30 1 0 0 View
W 11 6th Aug 1995 Hull* Fr Testimonial 1995~96 H 64 16 1 0 0 View
W 11 11th Aug 1995 Salford* Fr 1995~96 A 32 22 1 0 0 View
W 11 20th Aug 1995 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 H 55 10 1 0 0 View
W 11 23rd Aug 1995 Oldham L 1995~96 A 44 18 1 0 0 View
L 11 28th Aug 1995 Wigan L 1995~96 H 20 52 0 0 0 View
L 11 3rd Sep 1995 Leeds L 1995~96 A 24 36 2 0 0 View
W 11 10th Sep 1995 Workington Town L 1995~96 A 66 22 1 0 0 View
W 11 13th Sep 1995 Sheffield Eagles L 1995~96 H 62 20 1 0 0 View
W 17 17th Sep 1995 Castleford L 1995~96 H 35 18 0 0 0 View
L 11 20th Sep 1995 Warrington L 1995~96 A 16 28 0 0 0 View
W 12 1st Nov 1995 London Broncos L 1995~96 A 50 34 0 0 0 View
W 12 5th Nov 1995 Halifax L 1995~96 H 58 20 1 0 0 View
W 12 11th Nov 1995 Keighley Cougars RT2 1995~96 A 42 14 0 0 0 View
W 12 17th Nov 1995 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 A 32 18 1 0 0 View
W 12 10th Dec 1995 Halifax RT4 1995~96 H 46 18 0 0 0 View
L 16 20th Dec 1995 Castleford L 1995~96 A 18 26 1 0 0 View
L 17 1st Jan 1996 Leeds L 1995~96 H 14 20 0 0 0 View
W 12 4th Jan 1996 Warrington RTSF 1995~96 H 80 0 0 0 0 View
W 12 7th Jan 1996 Warrington L 1995~96 H 54 14 1 0 0 View
L 15 13th Jan 1996 Wigan RTF 1995~96 N 16 25 0 0 0 View
W 15 4th Feb 1996 Castleford Tigers SCCC4 1996 A 58 16 1 0 0 View
W 15 11th Feb 1996 Rochdale Hornets SCCC5 1996 A 58 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 24th Feb 1996 Salford Reds SCCC6 1996 A 46 26 2 0 0 View
W 15 9th Mar 1996 Widnes SCCCSF 1996 N 24 14 0 0 0 View
W 15 31st Mar 1996 Workington Town SL 1996 A 62 0 0 0 0 View
W 14 5th Apr 1996 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 H 41 26 0 0 0 View
W 14 8th Apr 1996 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 A 46 24 0 0 0 View
W 17 14th Apr 1996 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 H 26 20 0 0 0 View
W 17 27th Apr 1996 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1996 W 40 32 0 0 0 View
W 17 5th May 1996 Oldham Bears SL 1996 H 66 18 0 0 0 View
W 17 12th May 1996 London Broncos SL 1996 H 24 22 0 0 0 View
W 3 17th May 1996 Warrington Wolves SL 1996 A 25 24 0 0 0 View
W 16 27th May 1996 Castleford Tigers SL 1996 H 62 24 1 0 0 View
W 15 2nd Jun 1996 Paris St.Germain SL 1996 H 52 10 1 0 0 View
W 15 8th Jun 1996 Sheffield Eagles SL 1996 A 43 32 0 0 0 View
W 4 16th Jun 1996 Workington Town SL 1996 H 60 16 1 0 0 View
W 15 14th Jul 1996 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 H 58 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 19th Jul 1996 Oldham Bears SL 1996 A 54 18 0 0 0 View
W 15 27th Jul 1996 London Broncos SL 1996 A 32 28 1 0 0 View
W 3 2nd Aug 1996 Castleford Tigers SL 1996 A 20 16 0 0 0 View
W 14 18th Aug 1996 Sheffield Eagles SL 1996 H 68 2 0 0 0 Y View
W 14 26th Aug 1996 Warrington Wolves SL 1996 H 66 14 0 0 0 View
L 15 26th Dec 1996 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge 1996 A 22 32 0 0 0 View
W 15 12th Jan 1997 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge 1997 H 44 12 1 0 0 View
L 4 24th Jan 1997 Leeds Rhinos* Fr 1997 H 30 36 0 0 0 View
W 14 8th Feb 1997 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 1997 H 26 12 0 0 0 View
W 2 23rd Feb 1997 Hull SCCC5 1997 H 54 8 0 0 0 View
W 17 9th Mar 1997 Keighley Cougars SCCC6 1997 A 24 0 0 0 0 View
W 17 16th Mar 1997 London Broncos SL 1997 A 28 24 0 0 0 Y View
W 17 22nd Mar 1997 Salford Reds SCCCSF 1997 N 50 20 0 0 0 View
W 17 28th Mar 1997 Wigan Warriors SL 1997 A 22 10 0 0 0 View
W 17 31st Mar 1997 Sheffield Eagles SL 1997 H 32 12 0 0 0 View
W 17 5th Apr 1997 Paris St.Germain SL 1997 A 44 6 0 0 0 View
L 3 11th Apr 1997 Leeds Rhinos SL 1997 A 12 13 0 0 0 View
W 4 15th Apr 1997 Salford Reds SL 1997 H 19 12 0 0 0 View
W 14 20th Apr 1997 Warrington Wolves SL 1997 H 60 16 0 0 0 View
W 14 27th Apr 1997 Castleford Tigers SL 1997 H 42 16 0 0 0 View
W 14 3rd May 1997 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1997 W 32 22 0 0 0 View
L 14 11th May 1997 Bradford Bulls SL 1997 A 18 38 0 0 0 View
D 14 16th May 1997 London Broncos SL 1997 H 22 22 0 0 0 View
L 4 22nd May 1997 Salford Reds SL 1997 A 26 39 0 0 0 View
L 4 26th May 1997 Wigan Warriors SL 1997 H 12 65 0 0 0 View
W 4 1st Jun 1997 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1997 A 26 18 0 0 0 View
L 16 6th Jun 1997 Auckland Warriors WCC 1997 H 14 42 0 0 0 View
L 12 16th Jun 1997 Cronulla Sharks WCC 1997 H 8 48 0 0 0 View
L 12 22nd Jun 1997 Penrith Panthers WCC 1997 H 30 50 0 0 0 View
W 12 29th Jun 1997 Oldham Bears SL 1997 A 34 30 0 0 0 View
L 12 2nd Jul 1997 Sheffield Eagles SL 1997 A 12 14 0 0 0 View
L 12 6th Jul 1997 Bradford Bulls SL 1997 H 20 38 0 0 0 View
W 12 13th Jul 1997 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1997 H 38 20 0 0 0 View
L 12 21st Jul 1997 Cronulla Sharks WCC 1997 A 12 28 0 0 0 View
L 12 25th Jul 1997 Auckland Warriors WCC 1997 A 6 70 0 0 0 View
L 12 4th Aug 1997 Penrith Panthers WCC 1997 A 26 32 0 0 0 View
W 11 13th Aug 1997 Paris St.Germain WCCPO 1997 H 42 4 0 0 0 View
L 11 17th Aug 1997 Castleford Tigers SL 1997 A 16 35 0 0 0 View
W 11 22nd Aug 1997 Warrington Wolves SL 1997 A 22 20 0 0 0 View
W 3 31st Aug 1997 Paris St.Germain SL 1997 H 26 14 0 0 0 View
W 15 12th Sep 1997 Salford Reds PT 1997 H 26 12 0 0 0 View
W 19 18th Jan 1998 Lancashire Lynx* Fr 1998 A 34 14 0 0 0 View
W 16 2nd Aug 1998 Huddersfield Giants SL 1998 H 68 18 0 0 0 View
W 16 9th Aug 1998 Warrington Wolves SL 1998 A 48 18 1 0 0 View
W 3 23rd Aug 1998 Hull Sharks SL 1998 A 20 6 0 0 0 View
W 3 30th Aug 1998 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1998 H 36 6 0 0 0 View
L 14 4th Sep 1998 Leeds Rhinos SL 1998 A 18 37 1 0 0 View
D 14 13th Sep 1998 Castleford Tigers SL 1998 H 32 32 0 0 0 View
W 14 18th Sep 1998 London Broncos SL 1998 A 37 22 0 0 0 View
W 10 25th Sep 1998 Sheffield Eagles SL 1998 H 50 0 0 0 0 View
W 16 2nd Oct 1998 Bradford Bulls SLEPO 1998 H 46 24 0 0 0 View
W 16 9th Oct 1998 Halifax Blue Sox SLESF 1998 A 37 30 0 0 0 View
L 16 18th Oct 1998 Leeds Rhinos SLEF 1998 A 16 44 0 0 0 View
W 10 24th Jan 1999 Swinton Lions* Fr 1999 H 48 4 0 0 0 View
L 10 29th Jan 1999 Warrington Wolves* Fr 1999 A 14 25 0 0 0 View
L 16 27th Feb 1999 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 1999 A 16 24 0 0 0 View
W 8 7th Mar 1999 Salford Reds SL 1999 A 30 12 0 0 0 View
W 16 21st Mar 1999 Gateshead Thunder SL 1999 H 34 22 0 0 0 View
W 16 18th Apr 1999 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 H 39 30 0 0 0 View
W 16 25th Apr 1999 Hull Sharks SL 1999 A 30 10 0 0 0 View
L 10 14th May 1999 Wakefield Wildcats SL 1999 A 22 23 0 0 0 View
W 10 19th May 1999 Castleford Tigers SL 1999 A 33 14 0 0 0 View
L 16 20th Jun 1999 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 H 18 24 0 0 0 View
L 16 25th Jun 1999 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 A 22 46 0 0 0 View
W 15 10th Jul 1999 Sheffield Eagles SL 1999 A 21 16 0 0 0 View
W 15 18th Jul 1999 Hull Sharks SL 1999 H 74 16 0 0 0 View
W 15 23rd Jul 1999 Leeds Rhinos SL 1999 A 28 12 0 0 0 View
W 15 30th Jul 1999 Huddersfield Giants SL 1999 H 64 16 0 0 0 View
W 15 8th Aug 1999 Wakefield Wildcats SL 1999 H 42 34 0 0 0 View
W 15 15th Aug 1999 Warrington Wolves SL 1999 A 35 12 0 0 0 View
L 15 5th Sep 1999 Wigan Warriors SL 1999 A 20 28 0 0 0 View
W 15 10th Sep 1999 Bradford Bulls SL 1999 H 25 16 0 0 0 View
W 15 17th Sep 1999 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO 1999 H 38 14 0 0 0 View
L 15 26th Sep 1999 Bradford Bulls SLQF 1999 A 4 40 0 0 0 View
W 15 3rd Oct 1999 Castleford Tigers SLEF 1999 H 36 6 0 0 0 View
W 15 9th Oct 1999 Bradford Bulls SLGF 1999 N 8 6 0 0 0 View
W 16 17th Mar 2000 Hull Sharks SL 2000 A 28 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 7th Apr 2000 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 42 14 0 0 0 View
W 15 16th Apr 2000 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2000 H 52 20 0 0 0 View
W 16 30th Jun 2000 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 50 20 0 0 0 View
W 16 9th Jul 2000 Wigan Warriors SL 2000 A 30 28 0 0 0 View
W 16 16th Jul 2000 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL 2000 A 40 24 0 0 0 View
W 16 21st Jul 2000 Castleford Tigers SL 2000 H 42 18 0 0 0 View
W 16 30th Jul 2000 Salford Reds SL 2000 A 58 4 0 0 0 View
W 10 6th Aug 2000 London Broncos SL 2000 H 46 12 1 0 0 View
L 9 13th Aug 2000 Wakefield Trinity SL 2000 A 16 32 0 0 0 View
W 16 20th Aug 2000 Warrington Wolves SL 2000 H 58 18 0 0 0 View
W 16 1st Sep 2000 Leeds Rhinos SL 2000 A 35 20 0 0 0 View
W 8 5th Jan 2001 Salford City Reds* Fr 2001 H 46 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 26th Jan 2001 Brisbane Broncos WCC 2001 N 20 18 0 0 0 View
W 10 25th Feb 2001 Whitehaven SCCC5 2001 A 34 22 0 0 0 View
W 16 31st Mar 2001 Leeds Rhinos SCCCSF 2001 N 27 22 0 0 0 View
W 16 6th Apr 2001 Wakefield Trinity SL 2001 H 24 0 0 0 0 View
D 16 13th Apr 2001 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 A 22 22 0 0 0 View
W 16 16th Apr 2001 Hull FC SL 2001 H 38 34 0 0 0 View
L 16 20th Apr 2001 Warrington Wolves SL 2001 A 22 56 0 0 0 View
W 16 28th Apr 2001 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 2001 N 13 6 0 0 0 View
L 15 4th May 2001 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 A 16 74 0 0 0 View
W 16 9th May 2001 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 H 36 16 1 0 0 View
W 16 11th May 2001 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 H 32 26 0 0 0 View
W 16 28th May 2001 Huddersfield Giants SL 2001 A 44 26 0 0 0 View
L 8 30th Jun 2001 Hull FC SL 2001 A 28 34 0 0 0 View
W 16 22nd Jul 2001 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2001 A 46 22 1 0 0 View
W 15 29th Jul 2001 Salford City Reds SL 2001 A 56 18 0 0 0 View
L 15 3rd Aug 2001 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 A 26 28 0 0 0 View
W 8 10th Aug 2001 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 H 30 16 0 0 0 View
L 8 17th Aug 2001 Bradford Bulls SL 2001 A 14 27 0 0 0 View
D 8 26th Aug 2001 Warrington Wolves SL 2001 A 28 28 0 0 0 View
W 15 31st Aug 2001 Castleford Tigers SL 2001 H 44 20 0 0 0 View
L 16 7th Sep 2001 Leeds Rhinos SL 2001 H 18 23 0 0 0 View
L 8 14th Sep 2001 Wigan Warriors SL 2001 A 6 40 0 0 0 View
W 8 22nd Sep 2001 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO 2001 H 38 30 0 0 0 View
W 8 28th Sep 2001 Hull FC SLESF 2001 A 24 20 0 0 0 View
L 10 6th Oct 2001 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2001 A 10 44 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 136 OTHER 9 = 147
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 90 Subs) = 145
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