Vila Matautia

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
31-08-1969
N/A
31-03-1995
Doncaster
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
14-04-1995 v Wigan
Wigan Warriors
2001- Leigh Centurions
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1994-2001
145 (90)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
24
0
0
96

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!

SEASON STATISTICS

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

ALL MATCHES

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

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