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 of Vila Matautia



HERITAGE NO : 1057
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 Doncaster's 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. There's 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
1996 7 0 0 21
19970 0 0 32
19982 0 0 11
19990 0 0 21
20001 0 0 12
20012 0 0 25
TOTALS:24 0 0 145
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1995~962002
19960001
19971002
19980001
19990002
20010001
TOTALS:3009

ALL MATCHES

DateMatchPosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
14th Apr 1995 1
L
15 Wigan L A 18 34 VIEW
17th Apr 1995 2
W
15 Widnes L H 54 22 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1995 3
W
11 Warrington L H 31 12 VIEW
7th May 1995 4
W
15 Halifax PT1 H 32 16 VIEW
14th May 1995 5
L
11 Leeds PTSF A 26 30 1 VIEW
6th Aug 1995 --
W
11 Hull* Fr Testimonial H 64 16 1 VIEW
11th Aug 1995 --
W
11 Salford* Fr A 32 22 1 VIEW
20th Aug 1995 6
W
11 Bradford Bulls L H 55 10 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1995 7
W
11 Oldham L A 44 18 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1995 8
L
11 Wigan L H 20 52 VIEW
3rd Sep 1995 9
L
11 Leeds L A 24 36 2 VIEW
10th Sep 1995 10
W
11 Workington Town L A 66 22 1 VIEW
13th Sep 1995 11
W
11 Sheffield Eagles L H 62 20 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1995 12
W
17 Castleford L H 35 18 VIEW
20th Sep 1995 13
L
11 Warrington L A 16 28 VIEW
1st Nov 1995 14
W
12 London Broncos L A 50 34 VIEW
5th Nov 1995 15
W
12 Halifax L H 58 20 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1995 16
W
12 Keighley Cougars RT2 A 42 14 VIEW
17th Nov 1995 17
W
12 Bradford Bulls L A 32 18 1 VIEW
10th Dec 1995 18
W
12 Halifax RT4 H 46 18 VIEW
20th Dec 1995 19
L
16 Castleford L A 18 26 1 VIEW
1st Jan 1996 20
L
17 Leeds L H 14 20 VIEW
4th Jan 1996 21
W
12 Warrington RTSF H 80 0 VIEW
7th Jan 1996 22
W
12 Warrington L H 54 14 1 VIEW
13th Jan 1996 23
L
15 Wigan RTF N 16 25 VIEW
4th Feb 1996 24
W
15 Castleford Tigers SCCC4 A 58 16 1 VIEW
11th Feb 1996 25
W
15 Rochdale Hornets SCCC5 A 58 20 VIEW
24th Feb 1996 26
W
15 Salford Reds SCCC6 A 46 26 2 VIEW
9th Mar 1996 27
W
15 Widnes SCCCSF N 24 14 VIEW
31st Mar 1996 28
W
15 Workington Town SL A 62 0 VIEW
5th Apr 1996 29
W
14 Wigan Warriors SL H 41 26 VIEW
8th Apr 1996 30
W
14 Leeds Rhinos SL A 46 24 VIEW
14th Apr 1996 31
W
17 Bradford Bulls SL H 26 20 VIEW
27th Apr 1996 32
W
17 Bradford Bulls SCCCF W 40 32 VIEW
5th May 1996 33
W
17 Oldham Bears SL H 66 18 VIEW
12th May 1996 34
W
17 London Broncos SL H 24 22 VIEW
17th May 1996 35
W
3 Warrington Wolves SL A 25 24 VIEW
27th May 1996 36
W
16 Castleford Tigers SL H 62 24 1 VIEW
2nd Jun 1996 37
W
15 Paris St.Germain SL H 52 10 1 VIEW
8th Jun 1996 38
W
15 Sheffield Eagles SL A 43 32 VIEW
16th Jun 1996 39
W
4 Workington Town SL H 60 16 1 VIEW
14th Jul 1996 40
W
15 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 58 20 VIEW
19th Jul 1996 41
W
15 Oldham Bears SL A 54 18 VIEW
27th Jul 1996 42
W
15 London Broncos SL A 32 28 1 VIEW
2nd Aug 1996 43
W
3 Castleford Tigers SL A 20 16 VIEW
18th Aug 1996 --NPS
W
14 Sheffield Eagles SL H 68 2 VIEW
26th Aug 1996 44
W
14 Warrington Wolves SL H 66 14 VIEW
26th Dec 1996 --
L
15 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge A 22 32 VIEW
12th Jan 1997 --
W
15 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge H 44 12 1 VIEW
24th Jan 1997 --
L
4 Leeds Rhinos* Fr H 30 36 VIEW
8th Feb 1997 45
W
14 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 H 26 12 VIEW
23rd Feb 1997 46
W
2 Hull SCCC5 H 54 8 VIEW
9th Mar 1997 47
W
17 Keighley Cougars SCCC6 A 24 0 VIEW
16th Mar 1997 --NPS
W
17 London Broncos SL A 28 24 VIEW
22nd Mar 1997 48
W
17 Salford Reds SCCCSF N 50 20 VIEW
28th Mar 1997 49
W
17 Wigan Warriors SL A 22 10 VIEW
31st Mar 1997 50
W
17 Sheffield Eagles SL H 32 12 VIEW
5th Apr 1997 51
W
17 Paris St.Germain SL A 44 6 VIEW
11th Apr 1997 52
L
3 Leeds Rhinos SL A 12 13 VIEW
15th Apr 1997 53
W
4 Salford Reds SL H 19 12 VIEW
20th Apr 1997 54
W
14 Warrington Wolves SL H 60 16 VIEW
27th Apr 1997 55
W
14 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 16 VIEW
3rd May 1997 56
W
14 Bradford Bulls SCCCF W 32 22 VIEW
11th May 1997 57
L
14 Bradford Bulls SL A 18 38 VIEW
16th May 1997 58
D
14 London Broncos SL H 22 22 VIEW
22nd May 1997 59
L
4 Salford Reds SL A 26 39 VIEW
26th May 1997 60
L
4 Wigan Warriors SL H 12 65 VIEW
1st Jun 1997 61
W
4 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 26 18 VIEW
6th Jun 1997 62
L
16 Auckland Warriors WCC H 14 42 VIEW
16th Jun 1997 63
L
12 Cronulla Sharks WCC H 8 48 VIEW
22nd Jun 1997 64
L
12 Penrith Panthers WCC H 30 50 VIEW
29th Jun 1997 65
W
12 Oldham Bears SL A 34 30 VIEW
2nd Jul 1997 66
L
12 Sheffield Eagles SL A 12 14 VIEW
6th Jul 1997 67
L
12 Bradford Bulls SL H 20 38 VIEW
13th Jul 1997 68
W
12 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 38 20 VIEW
21st Jul 1997 69
L
12 Cronulla Sharks WCC A 12 28 VIEW
25th Jul 1997 70
L
12 Auckland Warriors WCC A 6 70 VIEW
4th Aug 1997 71
L
12 Penrith Panthers WCC A 26 32 VIEW
13th Aug 1997 72
W
11 Paris St.Germain WCCPO H 42 4 VIEW
17th Aug 1997 73
L
11 Castleford Tigers SL A 16 35 VIEW
22nd Aug 1997 74
W
11 Warrington Wolves SL A 22 20 VIEW
31st Aug 1997 75
W
3 Paris St.Germain SL H 26 14 VIEW
12th Sep 1997 76
W
15 Salford Reds PT H 26 12 VIEW
18th Jan 1998 --
W
19 Lancashire Lynx* Fr A 34 14 VIEW
2nd Aug 1998 77
W
16 Huddersfield Giants SL H 68 18 VIEW
9th Aug 1998 78
W
16 Warrington Wolves SL A 48 18 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1998 79
W
3 Hull Sharks SL A 20 6 VIEW
30th Aug 1998 80
W
3 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 36 6 VIEW
4th Sep 1998 81
L
14 Leeds Rhinos SL A 18 37 1 VIEW
13th Sep 1998 82
D
14 Castleford Tigers SL H 32 32 VIEW
18th Sep 1998 83
W
14 London Broncos SL A 37 22 VIEW
25th Sep 1998 84
W
10 Sheffield Eagles SL H 50 0 VIEW
2nd Oct 1998 85
W
16 Bradford Bulls SLEPO H 46 24 VIEW
9th Oct 1998 86
W
16 Halifax Blue Sox SLESF A 37 30 VIEW
18th Oct 1998 87
L
16 Leeds Rhinos SLEF A 16 44 VIEW
24th Jan 1999 --
W
10 Swinton Lions* Fr H 48 4 VIEW
29th Jan 1999 --
L
10 Warrington Wolves* Fr A 14 25 VIEW
27th Feb 1999 88
L
16 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 A 16 24 VIEW
7th Mar 1999 89
W
8 Salford Reds SL A 30 12 VIEW
21st Mar 1999 90
W
16 Gateshead Thunder SL H 34 22 VIEW
18th Apr 1999 91
W
16 Sheffield Eagles SL H 39 30 VIEW
25th Apr 1999 92
W
16 Hull Sharks SL A 30 10 VIEW
14th May 1999 93
L
10 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 22 23 VIEW
19th May 1999 94
W
10 Castleford Tigers SL A 33 14 VIEW
20th Jun 1999 95
L
16 Wigan Warriors SL H 18 24 VIEW
25th Jun 1999 96
L
16 Bradford Bulls SL A 22 46 VIEW
10th Jul 1999 97
W
15 Sheffield Eagles SL A 21 16 VIEW
18th Jul 1999 98
W
15 Hull Sharks SL H 74 16 VIEW
23rd Jul 1999 99
W
15 Leeds Rhinos SL A 28 12 VIEW
30th Jul 1999 100
W
15 Huddersfield Giants SL H 64 16 VIEW
8th Aug 1999 101
W
15 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL H 42 34 VIEW
15th Aug 1999 102
W
15 Warrington Wolves SL A 35 12 VIEW
5th Sep 1999 103
L
15 Wigan Warriors SL A 20 28 VIEW
10th Sep 1999 104
W
15 Bradford Bulls SL H 25 16 VIEW
17th Sep 1999 105
W
15 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO H 38 14 VIEW
26th Sep 1999 106
L
15 Bradford Bulls SLQF A 4 40 VIEW
3rd Oct 1999 107
W
15 Castleford Tigers SLEF H 36 6 VIEW
9th Oct 1999 108
W
15 Bradford Bulls SLGF N 8 6 VIEW
17th Mar 2000 109
W
16 Hull Sharks SL A 28 20 VIEW
7th Apr 2000 110
W
15 Leeds Rhinos SL A 42 14 VIEW
16th Apr 2000 111
W
15 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 52 20 VIEW
30th Jun 2000 112
W
16 Warrington Wolves SL H 50 20 VIEW
9th Jul 2000 113
W
16 Wigan Warriors SL A 30 28 VIEW
16th Jul 2000 114
W
16 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL A 40 24 VIEW
21st Jul 2000 115
W
16 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 18 VIEW
30th Jul 2000 116
W
16 Salford Reds SL A 58 4 VIEW
6th Aug 2000 117
W
10 London Broncos SL H 46 12 1 VIEW
13th Aug 2000 118
L
9 Wakefield Trinity SL A 16 32 VIEW
20th Aug 2000 119
W
16 Warrington Wolves SL H 58 18 VIEW
1st Sep 2000 120
W
16 Leeds Rhinos SL A 35 20 VIEW
5th Jan 2001 --
W
8 Salford City Reds* Fr H 46 20 VIEW
26th Jan 2001 121
W
15 Brisbane Broncos WCC N 20 18 VIEW
25th Feb 2001 122
W
10 Whitehaven SCCC5 A 34 22 VIEW
31st Mar 2001 123
W
16 Leeds Rhinos SCCCSF N 27 22 VIEW
6th Apr 2001 124
W
16 Wakefield Trinity SL H 24 0 VIEW
13th Apr 2001 125
D
16 Wigan Warriors SL A 22 22 VIEW
16th Apr 2001 126
W
16 Hull FC SL H 38 34 VIEW
20th Apr 2001 127
L
16 Warrington Wolves SL A 22 56 VIEW
28th Apr 2001 128
W
16 Bradford Bulls SCCCF N 13 6 VIEW
4th May 2001 129
L
15 Leeds Rhinos SL A 16 74 VIEW
9th May 2001 130
W
16 Castleford Tigers SL H 36 16 1 VIEW
11th May 2001 131
W
16 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 32 26 VIEW
28th May 2001 132
W
16 Huddersfield Giants SL A 44 26 VIEW
30th Jun 2001 133
L
8 Hull FC SL A 28 34 VIEW
22nd Jul 2001 134
W
16 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 46 22 1 VIEW
29th Jul 2001 135
W
15 Salford City Reds SL A 56 18 VIEW
3rd Aug 2001 136
L
15 Castleford Tigers SL A 26 28 VIEW
10th Aug 2001 137
W
8 Wigan Warriors SL H 30 16 VIEW
17th Aug 2001 138
L
8 Bradford Bulls SL A 14 27 VIEW
26th Aug 2001 139
D
8 Warrington Wolves SL A 28 28 VIEW
31st Aug 2001 140
W
15 Castleford Tigers SL H 44 20 VIEW
7th Sep 2001 141
L
16 Leeds Rhinos SL H 18 23 VIEW
14th Sep 2001 142
L
8 Wigan Warriors SL A 6 40 VIEW
22nd Sep 2001 143
W
8 Leeds Rhinos SLEPO H 38 30 VIEW
28th Sep 2001 144
W
8 Hull FC SLESF A 24 20 VIEW
6th Oct 2001 145
L
10 Wigan Warriors SLEF A 10 44 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 111 | LOSSES : 41 | DRAWS : 4

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