Willie Talau

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-01-1976
N/A
17-06-2003
Canterbury Bulldogs
24-08-2003 v Hull F.C.
Leeds Rhinos
2008- Salford City Reds
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2003-2008
152 (1)
66
0
0
264

BIOGRAPHY

Willie Talau by Alex Service

In just five seasons, Willie Talau won every honour in the English Super League and became one of Saints most decorated centre threequarter in the process. His list of major match achievements mirrors the terrific success of the club during the ‘noughties,’ with four Challenge Cup victories (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008), a Grand final success (2006), a World Club Challenge triumph (2007), together with his part in winning four consecutive League Leaders Shields (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). He also played in two Grand final defeats in 2007 and 2008. All in all, a phenomenal record of success for the former Canterbury Bankstown Bulldog who arrived at Knowsley Road at the back end of the 2003 campaign. His debut was from the bench against Hull at the KC Stadium, when the home side ran riot with a 42-18 success. Willie played the last remaining matches of the campaign in the back row. He also has experience of stand-off half with the Bulldogs and New Zealand. It was clear that the team had better things on the horizon and 2004 saw the Saints lift the Challenge Cup against their Old Enemy, Wigan 32-16 in one of the great finals at the Millennium Stadium at Cardiff. Willie scored twice that day and bagan a sequence of scoring tries in major finals which became a bit of a trademark.
He was a tremendously durable footballer, who could provide his winger with try-scoring passes as well as having the power and skill to get himself on the scoresheet with regularity. His defence improved immeasurably in the first two seasons and few relished the task of opposing him. Willie would play almost 30 matches per season and his try-scoring was always in double figures a terrific example of sheer consistency at top level. He was also a real tough nut and opponents wound him up at their peril. He would ask questions later!
It is ironic that injury should blight his first season with his new club Salford in 2009. The St.Helens club and its supporters really did get value for money and he was sorely missed after leaving, although Anno Domini was gradually catching up with him.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2003 1 0 0 7
2004 15 0 0 32
200513 0 0 27
200611 0 0 28
200710 0 0 29
200816 0 0 29
TOTALS:66 0 0 152
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20040002
2006 1001
20071001
TOTALS:2004

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
24th Aug 2003 L 14 Hull FC SL 2003 A 18 42 V
31st Aug 2003 W 3 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 A 40 4 V
5th Sep 2003 L 11 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 H 4 28 V
12th Sep 2003 L 11 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 20 30 V
19th Sep 2003 L 11 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 H 18 22 V
26th Sep 2003 W 11 London Broncos SLEPO 2003 H 24 6 1 V
3rd Oct 2003 L 11 Wigan Warriors SLESF 2003 A 24 40 V
6th Feb 2004 W 4 Salford City Reds* Fr 2004 H 20 10 V
12th Feb 2004 W 4 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2004 H 36 14 V
20th Feb 2004 W 4 Hull FC SL 2004 H 30 16 1 V
29th Feb 2004 W 4 Bradford Bulls PCC4 2004 A 30 10 V
6th Mar 2004 W 4 London Broncos SL 2004 A 26 12 V
13th Mar 2004 W 4 Leeds Rhinos PCC5 2004 H 24 14 1 V
28th Mar 2004 W 4 Hull FC PCC6 2004 H 31 26 V
2nd Apr 2004 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2004 A 22 14 V
9th Apr 2004 D 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 H 21 21 1 V
16th Apr 2004 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2004 H 40 4 V
25th Apr 2004 W 4 Huddersfield Giants PCCSF 2004 N 46 6 1 V
30th Apr 2004 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 H 56 10 1 V
7th May 2004 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2004 H 26 20 1 V
15th May 2004 W 4 Wigan Warriors PCCF 2004 N 32 16 2 V
22nd May 2004 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 A 50 20 V
29th May 2004 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2004 H 35 30 V
4th Jun 2004 L 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 A 14 30 V
11th Jun 2004 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2004 H 52 8 V
18th Jun 2004 W 4 Widnes Vikings SL 2004 A 40 12 V
26th Jun 2004 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 H 28 8 1 V
2nd Jul 2004 L 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2004 A 22 41 1 V
7th Jul 2004 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2004 A 50 8 V
10th Jul 2004 W 4 London Broncos SL 2004 H 30 10 V
17th Jul 2004 L 4 Hull FC SL 2004 A 6 34 V
23rd Jul 2004 L 6 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 A 0 70 V
30th Jul 2004 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2004 H 50 10 2 V
8th Aug 2004 L 4 Salford City Reds SL 2004 A 20 30 V
13th Aug 2004 L 4 London Broncos SL 2004 H 22 28 1 V
20th Aug 2004 L 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 A 18 27 V
27th Aug 2004 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2004 H 48 12 2 V
5th Sep 2004 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 A 26 24 V
10th Sep 2004 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 H 19 25 V
17th Sep 2004 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2004 A 24 64 V
25th Sep 2004 L 4 Wigan Warriors SLEPO 2004 A 12 18 V
11th Feb 2005 W 4 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 H 40 18 V
18th Feb 2005 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 A 18 30 1 V
25th Feb 2005 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 H 34 24 1 V
4th Mar 2005 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 18 16 V
11th Mar 2005 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2005 H 46 12 1 V
19th Mar 2005 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 H 64 16 2 V
16th Apr 2005 W 4 London Broncos SL 2005 A 30 20 V
24th Apr 2005 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 A 36 22 V
21st May 2005 W 4 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 A 29 22 V
27th May 2005 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 H 38 24 V
4th Jun 2005 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 A 66 4 V
10th Jun 2005 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2005 A 33 22 V
17th Jun 2005 D 4 London Broncos SL 2005 H 28 28 3 V
26th Jun 2005 W 4 Wigan Warriors PCC6 2005 H 75 0 1 V
3rd Jul 2005 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 A 38 26 V
8th Jul 2005 W 4 Hull FC SL 2005 H 18 10 V
15th Jul 2005 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 H 40 18 2 V
22nd Jul 2005 W 4 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 27 20 V
30th Jul 2005 L 4 Hull FC PCCSF 2005 N 8 34 V
5th Aug 2005 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 30 10 V
12th Aug 2005 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 H 60 4 V
20th Aug 2005 W 4 London Broncos SL 2005 H 50 4 V
4th Sep 2005 W 4 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 78 4 V
9th Sep 2005 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 A 38 12 V
17th Sep 2005 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 H 18 32 2 V
30th Sep 2005 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2005 H 16 19 V
7th Oct 2005 L 4 Bradford Bulls SLEF 2005 H 18 23 V
28th Jan 2006 W 4 Widnes Vikings * Fr 2006 A 70 6 1 V
11th Feb 2006 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2006 A 40 16 V
17th Feb 2006 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2006 H 44 8 1 V
24th Feb 2006 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 H 13 4 V
3rd Mar 2006 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 A 18 10 1 V
12th Mar 2006 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 18 16 V
17th Mar 2006 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2006 H 38 16 V
24th Mar 2006 W 4 Hull FC SL 2006 A 46 0 V
7th Apr 2006 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2006 H 16 6 V
14th Apr 2006 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2006 H 48 10 V
17th Apr 2006 W 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2006 A 34 20 V
21st Apr 2006 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2006 A 12 10 V
28th Apr 2006 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2006 H 34 8 V
6th May 2006 L 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 16 19 1 V
20th May 2006 W 4 Bradford Bulls PCC5 2006 H 42 18 1 V
27th May 2006 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2006 A 28 14 1 V
3rd Jun 2006 W 4 Catalan Dragons PCC6 2006 H 56 10 V
8th Jun 2006 L 4 Hull FC SL 2006 H 26 27 V
16th Jun 2006 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2006 A 18 20 V
24th Jun 2006 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2006 H 28 6 V
2nd Jul 2006 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2006 A 52 36 V
22nd Jul 2006 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 A 18 14 V
29th Jul 2006 W 4 Hull Kingston Rovers PCCSF 2006 N 50 0 2 V
4th Aug 2006 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 H 56 8 V
13th Aug 2006 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2006 A 72 4 1 V
26th Aug 2006 W 4 Huddersfield Giants PCCF 2006 N 42 12 1 V
17th Sep 2006 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 A 38 30 1 V
29th Sep 2006 W 4 Hull FC SLPOQF 2006 H 12 8 V
14th Oct 2006 W 4 Hull FC SLGF 2006 N 26 4 1 V
28th Jan 2007 W 4 Leigh Centurions* Fr 2007 H 40 10 1 V
9th Feb 2007 L 4 Harlequins RL SL 2007 H 6 14 V
18th Feb 2007 L 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2007 A 22 29 V
23rd Feb 2007 W 4 Brisbane Broncos WCC 2007 N 18 14 V
2nd Mar 2007 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2007 H 34 22 1 V
9th Mar 2007 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2007 A 48 12 V
6th Apr 2007 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 A 32 14 1 V
9th Apr 2007 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2007 H 48 4 V
13th Apr 2007 W 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2007 H 53 10 V
21st Apr 2007 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2007 A 19 38 V
29th Apr 2007 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2007 A 44 6 1 V
5th May 2007 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 N 34 18 V
11th May 2007 W 4 Rochdale Hornets CCC5 2007 N 70 10 V
18th May 2007 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2007 H 34 14 V
1st Jun 2007 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2007 H 27 26 1 V
9th Jun 2007 W 4 Warrington Wolves CCC6 2007 H 25 14 1 V
17th Jun 2007 W 4 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2007 A 40 0 1 V
30th Jun 2007 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2007 H 54 4 1 V
6th Jul 2007 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2007 H 10 22 V
15th Jul 2007 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2007 A 4 10 1 V
20th Jul 2007 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 H 19 12 V
28th Jul 2007 W 4 Bradford Bulls CCCSF 2007 N 35 14 1 V
3rd Aug 2007 W 4 Hull FC SL 2007 H 31 20 V
11th Aug 2007 L 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2007 A 0 21 V
25th Aug 2007 W 4 Catalans Dragons CCCF 2007 N 30 8 V
31st Aug 2007 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2007 H 32 10 V
7th Sep 2007 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2007 H 36 16 V
14th Sep 2007 L 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 A 12 20 1 V
28th Sep 2007 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2007 H 10 8 V
13th Oct 2007 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2007 N 6 33 V
22nd Feb 2008 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2008 A 22 16 V
2nd Mar 2008 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2008 H 34 30 V
7th Mar 2008 W 4 Hull FC SL 2008 H 30 29 1 V
15th Mar 2008 L 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2008 A 10 24 V
21st Mar 2008 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 H 46 10 1 V
24th Mar 2008 L 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2008 A 26 28 V
28th Mar 2008 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2008 H 10 14 V
11th Apr 2008 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2008 H 58 12 V
20th Apr 2008 W 4 London Skolars CCC4 2008 H 56 0 2 V
25th Apr 2008 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2008 A 30 22 V
4th May 2008 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 N 57 16 2 V
10th May 2008 W 4 Warrington Wolves CCC5 2008 H 40 34 2 V
17th May 2008 W 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2008 H 28 10 V
25th May 2008 W 4 Hull FC SL 2008 A 16 8 V
1st Jun 2008 W 4 Hull Kingston Rovers CCC6 2008 A 24 18 1 V
6th Jun 2008 W 4 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2008 H 52 10 1 V
13th Jun 2008 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2008 H 58 20 V
20th Jun 2008 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2008 A 26 12 V
29th Jun 2008 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2008 H 46 16 2 V
5th Jul 2008 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2008 A 54 0 1 V
11th Jul 2008 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2008 H 68 12 V
18th Jul 2008 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 A 46 12 V
26th Jul 2008 W 4 Leeds Rhinos CCCSF 2008 N 26 16 V
17th Aug 2008 W 4 Harlequins RL SL 2008 A 32 16 2 V
24th Aug 2008 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2008 A 40 22 1 V
30th Aug 2008 W 4 Hull FC CCCF 2008 N 28 16 V
5th Sep 2008 D 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 H 16 16 V
19th Sep 2008 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2008 H 38 10 V
4th Oct 2008 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2008 N 16 24 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 148 OTHER 4 = 152
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 1 Subs) = 152

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