Tea Ropati

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
07-09-1965
N/A
25-08-1990
Mangere East- NZ
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
13-12-1989 v Dewsbury
Wigan
1994- Auckland Warriors- NZ
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1989-1993
129 (2)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
56
24
2
274

BIOGRAPHY

Tea Ropati by Alex Service

We didnít get to see the best of Tea Ropati initially, as his progress was hindered by a knee injury. At his best, however, he had few equals. Tea was one of several Kiwis at Knowsley Road in the early 1990s, together with the likes of Shane Cooper, George Mann and Coach Mike McClennan. Tea was a superb footballer, strong in terms of physique, skilful, with superb hands and a great eye for the gap meant that he could play anywhere in the backs with total effectiveness. If need be, as illustrated in the 1992-93 season, he could also kick goals.
In the 1990-91 season, Tea played mainly in the right centre position, with Alan Hunte outside him. His tally of 12 tries from 29 appearances added much to Saints overall firepower, although the team was unlucky to lose out at Wembley against Wigan after smashing Widnes in the semi-finals, when the Kiwi influence was most apparent. Tea showed his versatility in 1991-92 when he played at left centre, covering the gap left by Paul Loughlinís injury. He was full value to the team once again, with 17 tries from 37 appearances. He won a Lancashire Cup winnerís medal as Saints defeated Rochdale Hornets at Wilderspool, although defeat by Wigan in the Premiership final at Old Trafford took the edge off what had been a promising campaign.
The Saints pushed Wigan to the very limit during 1992-93, with the side playing some superb fast, open football. The threequarter line in particular was superb, although by this time Tea was at stand off and showed brilliant form. Unfortunately, a couple of key matches against unfancied opponents cost Saints the First Division tile, despite drawing with Wigan on points. The Riversiders also won the last-ever Lancashire Cup final by a single point at Knowsley Road, but Saints got some welcome reward by lifting the Premiership trophy at Old Trafford against their perennial rivals. For Tea it had been an outstanding campaign. He was the clubís only ever present and scored 21 tries in his 40 appearances. His achievements were recognised by his selection for the Coaches XIII at the end of the campaign. He was a natural choice for the number 6 jersey, with Gary Connolly in at centre and Kevin Ward in the front row. He was also elected the Stones Bitter First Division Player of the Year and was unlucky not to win the coveted Man of Steel award, which went to Wiganís Andy Platt.
Tea and the team did not quite reach those heights during 1993-94. The side had been depleted with the sale of Gary Connolly and new blood was being brought in. Even so, Tea played in 20 matches and scored 7 tries, with a Challenge Cup semi-final appearance against Leeds the major highlight. His last match was at Central Park when the team lost 16-34 to a Wigan side who went on to win the competition.
Tea moved on to the fledgling Auckland Warriors outfit back home in New Zealand and he was to make a welcome reappearance at Knowsley Road during the 1997 World Club Challenge opener, which the visitors won by 42-14, where he showed more than a few glimpses of his former brilliance.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1989~900 0 0 1
1990~9112 0 0 31
1991~9217 0 0 38
1992~93 21 24 2 40
1993~947 0 0 22
TOTALS:57 24 2 132
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1991~920002
1993~940001
TOTALS:0003

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
13th Dec 1989 W 6 Dewsbury RT2 (rep) 1989~90 A 14 0 VIEW
23rd Sep 1990 W 3 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 H 42 10 VIEW
30th Sep 1990 L 3 Leeds L 1990~91 A 4 23 VIEW
7th Oct 1990 L 3 Australia Tour 1990~91 H 4 34 VIEW
21st Oct 1990 L 3 Castleford L 1990~91 H 16 29 VIEW
4th Nov 1990 W 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1990~91 A 30 18 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1990 W 2 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 H 34 17 VIEW
21st Nov 1990 L 4 Bradford Northern L 1990~91 A 16 18 VIEW
25th Nov 1990 W 2 Rochdale Hornets L 1990~91 H 44 14 1 VIEW
2nd Dec 1990 W 2 Swinton RT1 1990~91 A 31 7 VIEW
11th Dec 1990 W 5 Featherstone Rovers RT2 1990~91 A 33 16 1 VIEW
16th Dec 1990 L 5 Warrington RT3 1990~91 A 12 18 VIEW
23rd Dec 1990 L 14 Sheffield Eagles L 1990~91 A 8 18 VIEW
26th Dec 1990 L 2 Wigan L 1990~91 H 15 28 VIEW
1st Jan 1991 L 14 Widnes L 1990~91 A 8 14 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1991 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 H 36 14 1 VIEW
13th Jan 1991 W 3 Featherstone Rovers L 1990~91 A 36 28 1 VIEW
20th Jan 1991 W 3 Leeds L 1990~91 H 22 16 1 VIEW
27th Jan 1991 D 3 Hull K.R. L 1990~91 A 26 26 VIEW
3rd Feb 1991 W 3 Oldham L 1990~91 A 20 16 1 VIEW
10th Feb 1991 W 3 Swinton CC1 1990~91 A 18 8 1 VIEW
18th Feb 1991 W 3 Hull L 1990~91 H 12 10 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 1991 W 3 Wakefield Trinity CC2 1990~91 H 16 2 VIEW
3rd Mar 1991 L 3 Warrington L 1990~91 A 20 34 VIEW
10th Mar 1991 W 3 Halifax CC3 1990~91 A 24 16 VIEW
24th Mar 1991 L 3 Castleford L 1990~91 A 4 28 VIEW
30th Mar 1991 W 3 Widnes CCSF 1990~91 N 19 2 VIEW
4th Apr 1991 L 6 Wigan L 1990~91 A 14 28 1 VIEW
7th Apr 1991 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1990~91 A 22 8 1 VIEW
14th Apr 1991 W 3 Warrington L 1990~91 H 62 16 VIEW
21st Apr 1991 L 3 Hull PT1 1990~91 A 12 28 VIEW
27th Apr 1991 L 3 Wigan CCF 1990~91 N 8 13 VIEW
18th Aug 1991 W 16 Widnes* Fr Charity 1991~92 A 30 26 VIEW
25th Aug 1991 W 6 Barrow* Fr Testimonial 1991~92 A 20 16 VIEW
1st Sep 1991 W 3 Hull L 1991~92 A 31 10 1 VIEW
8th Sep 1991 W 3 Warrington L 1991~92 H 27 20 VIEW
15th Sep 1991 W 6 Trafford Borough LC1 1991~92 H 104 12 2 VIEW
22nd Sep 1991 W 6 Swinton L 1991~92 A 16 12 1 VIEW
26th Sep 1991 W 6 Oldham LC2 1991~92 H 39 26 1 VIEW
29th Sep 1991 W 6 Castleford L 1991~92 H 25 14 VIEW
6th Oct 1991 L 6 Halifax L 1991~92 A 6 26 VIEW
10th Oct 1991 W 4 Wigan LCSF 1991~92 H 28 16 VIEW
13th Oct 1991 W 4 Bradford Northern L 1991~92 H 30 12 VIEW
20th Oct 1991 W 4 Rochdale Hornets LCF 1991~92 N 24 14 VIEW
23rd Oct 1991 W 4 Salford L 1991~92 H 25 16 1 VIEW
27th Oct 1991 D 6 Leeds L 1991~92 A 8 8 VIEW
3rd Nov 1991 L 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 A 12 20 VIEW
10th Nov 1991 W 4 Hull K.R. L 1991~92 H 38 15 VIEW
17th Nov 1991 W 4 Huddersfield RT1 1991~92 A 32 10 VIEW
24th Nov 1991 W 4 Oldham RT2 1991~92 A 24 18 2 VIEW
1st Dec 1991 W 6 Bradford Northern RT3 1991~92 H 30 12 VIEW
4th Dec 1991 L 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 A 6 8 VIEW
8th Dec 1991 W 6 Swinton L 1991~92 H 28 4 1 VIEW
15th Dec 1991 L 4 Hull K.R. L 1991~92 A 14 24 VIEW
21st Dec 1991 L 6 Widnes RTSF 1991~92 N 10 18 VIEW
26th Dec 1991 L 4 Wigan L 1991~92 A 6 16 VIEW
1st Jan 1992 W 4 Widnes L 1991~92 H 24 22 1 VIEW
5th Jan 1992 W 4 Salford L 1991~92 A 15 6 1 VIEW
12th Jan 1992 W 4 Featherstone Rovers L 1991~92 H 28 10 1 VIEW
19th Jan 1992 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1991~92 H 40 12 VIEW
2nd Feb 1992 W 4 Widnes CC1 1991~92 A 10 2 VIEW
8th Feb 1992 W 4 Leeds CC2 1991~92 A 32 12 VIEW
16th Feb 1992 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1991~92 A 20 8 2 VIEW
22nd Feb 1992 L 4 Wigan CC3 1991~92 H 6 13 VIEW
1st Mar 1992 W 4 Leeds L 1991~92 H 19 8 VIEW
8th Mar 1992 D 4 Castleford L 1991~92 A 8 8 VIEW
22nd Mar 1992 W 6 Halifax L 1991~92 H 30 28 VIEW
29th Mar 1992 W 3 Hull L 1991~92 H 42 12 2 VIEW
4th Apr 1992 L 14 Warrington L 1991~92 A 18 30 1 VIEW
17th Apr 1992 L 3 Wigan L 1991~92 H 6 16 VIEW
20th Apr 1992 W 6 Widnes L 1991~92 A 28 23 VIEW
17th May 1992 L 6 Wigan PTF 1991~92 N 16 48 VIEW
23rd Aug 1992 W 4 Wigan CS 1992~93 N 17 0 1 2 VIEW
30th Aug 1992 W 4 Leeds L 1992~93 A 27 14 1 3 VIEW
6th Sep 1992 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1992~93 H 24 12 6 VIEW
13th Sep 1992 W 6 Barrow LC1 1992~93 A 36 2 4 VIEW
20th Sep 1992 W 4 Sheffield Eagles L 1992~93 A 18 10 2 VIEW
27th Sep 1992 W 6 Salford L 1992~93 H 48 8 2 VIEW
30th Sep 1992 W 6 Widnes LC2 1992~93 H 10 8 1 VIEW
4th Oct 1992 W 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1992~93 A 18 5 VIEW
7th Oct 1992 W 6 Salford LCSF 1992~93 H 18 5 VIEW
11th Oct 1992 W 4 Hull L 1992~93 H 38 8 1 VIEW
18th Oct 1992 L 6 Wigan LCF 1992~93 N 4 5 VIEW
27th Oct 1992 W 4 Huddersfield RTP 1992~93 H 44 18 3 3 VIEW
1st Nov 1992 L 4 Bradford Northern L 1992~93 H 18 35 VIEW
8th Nov 1992 W 6 Leeds RT1 1992~93 H 15 14 1 VIEW
11th Nov 1992 L 6 Leigh L 1992~93 A 6 11 VIEW
15th Nov 1992 W 6 Salford L 1992~93 A 15 12 1 VIEW
22nd Nov 1992 W 6 Bradford Northern L 1992~93 A 16 4 1 VIEW
29th Nov 1992 W 6 Sheffield Eagles L 1992~93 H 30 20 2 3 VIEW
6th Dec 1992 W 6 Featherstone Rovers RT2 1992~93 A 25 8 VIEW
11th Dec 1992 L 6 Castleford L 1992~93 A 6 16 VIEW
19th Dec 1992 L 6 Castleford RT3 1992~93 H 8 12 VIEW
27th Dec 1992 W 6 Wigan L 1992~93 H 41 6 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1993 W 6 Leigh L 1992~93 H 64 9 1 VIEW
17th Jan 1993 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1992~93 A 22 11 VIEW
22nd Jan 1993 W 6 Halifax L 1992~93 H 18 16 VIEW
31st Jan 1993 W 6 Featherstone Rovers CC1 1992~93 A 24 22 VIEW
5th Feb 1993 W 6 Warrington L 1992~93 H 12 4 VIEW
13th Feb 1993 L 6 Wigan CC2 1992~93 A 3 23 VIEW
17th Feb 1993 L 6 Widnes L 1992~93 A 8 26 1 VIEW
21st Feb 1993 L 6 Hull L 1992~93 A 16 21 1 VIEW
3rd Mar 1993 W 6 Castleford L 1992~93 H 24 20 1 VIEW
12th Mar 1993 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1992~93 H 34 14 1 1 VIEW
19th Mar 1993 W 6 Halifax L 1992~93 A 18 12 1 VIEW
28th Mar 1993 W 6 Warrington L 1992~93 A 32 17 1 VIEW
4th Apr 1993 W 6 Leeds L 1992~93 H 42 8 VIEW
9th Apr 1993 D 6 Wigan L 1992~93 A 8 8 VIEW
12th Apr 1993 W 3 Widnes L 1992~93 H 29 18 1 VIEW
23rd Apr 1993 W 3 Halifax PT1 1992~93 H 34 25 VIEW
9th May 1993 W 6 Leeds PTSF 1992~93 H 15 2 VIEW
16th May 1993 W 6 Wigan PTF 1992~93 N 10 4 VIEW
22nd Aug 1993 W 6 Widnes* Fr Charity 1993~94 A 30 14 VIEW
29th Aug 1993 L 6 Hull K.R. L 1993~94 A 10 16 1 VIEW
19th Sep 1993 W 6 Leigh L 1993~94 H 34 16 1 VIEW
26th Sep 1993 W 6 Castleford L 1993~94 A 35 18 1 VIEW
1st Oct 1993 W 6 Featherstone Rovers L 1993~94 A 37 16 VIEW
20th Oct 1993 L 6 New Zealand Tour 1993~94 H 8 14 VIEW
24th Oct 1993 L 6 Sheffield Eagles L 1993~94 H 12 19 VIEW
11th Dec 1993 L 6 Warrington RT3 1993~94 H 8 16 VIEW
17th Dec 1993 W 6 Hull K.R. L 1993~94 H 23 22 VIEW
13th Feb 1994 W 14 Whitehaven CC5 1993~94 A 46 4 1 VIEW
20th Feb 1994 W 14 Featherstone Rovers L 1993~94 H 27 18 VIEW
27th Feb 1994 W 3 Doncaster CC6 1993~94 H 40 9 VIEW
6th Mar 1994 W 3 Wakefield Trinity L 1993~94 A 35 22 VIEW
11th Mar 1994 L 3 Sheffield Eagles L 1993~94 A 6 18 VIEW
26th Mar 1994 L 3 Leeds CCSF 1993~94 N 8 20 VIEW
1st Apr 1994 L 6 Wigan L 1993~94 H 9 15 VIEW
4th Apr 1994 L 6 Widnes L 1993~94 A 17 20 VIEW
10th Apr 1994 W 6 Hull L 1993~94 H 52 10 VIEW
13th Apr 1994 W 6 Leeds L 1993~94 H 68 0 2 VIEW
17th Apr 1994 L 6 Oldham L 1993~94 H 26 30 VIEW
19th Apr 1994 L 3 Bradford Northern L 1993~94 A 16 18 VIEW
24th Apr 1994 L 6 Halifax L 1993~94 A 30 37 1 VIEW
8th May 1994 L 3 Wigan PT1 1993~94 A 16 34 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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