Francis Meli

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
27-04-1979
N/A
03-08-2005
New Zealand Warriors
11-02-2006 v Harlequins RL
Leeds Rhinos
2013- Salford Red Devils
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2006-2013
224 (2)
145
0
0
580

BIOGRAPHY

Capped 14 times by New Zealand, Francis Meli was one of the best wingers in the competition. He notched up an impressive 145 tries for the Saints at a strike rate of 2 tries in every three matches.Initially he formed a strong partnership with fellow Kiwi Willie Talau and is capable of utilising space to score points from all areas of the field. Before joining the Saints Meli has the Australian play-off record of scoring five tries in a match for New Zealand Warriors against Canterbury Bulldogs in 2003. He ended that season with an impressive 23 tries from 27 games, and was named New Zealand Warriors Player of the Year.

In just three years Francis has amassed an impressive haul of honours. He has acquired three Challenge Cup winning medals, a World Club Challenge winning medal and a Grand Final winning ring. In all these finals Meli performed at his peak collecting tries both at Wembley and Old Trafford. Francis finished the 2008 season as the second leading try scorer at the Saints with 17 touchdowns in cup and league games. This achievement progressed Meli into a select band of 76 players who have scored 50 tries for the Saints. He would the first to commend the excellent service provided by top centre Willie Talau in his first three seasons at Knowsley Road.

In the 2008 World Cup in Australia Francis elected to play for Samoa, the land of his birth.

The 2009 season proved to be a roller coaster season for the Saints. The ride however, ultimately ended in disappointment as the Saints trophy cabinet was laid bare for the first time since the 2003 campaign. Some sparkling performances were punctuated with below par matches as the club shaped a new team for the future and youth was given its head.

Francis was outstanding in the second half of the campaign as his power and finishing skills proved a real boost to the challenge for honours. During the 2009 season Francis achieved 100 appearances for the club.

The 2010 season finished with an empty trophy cabinet at the Saints but the side creditably made it to the Challenge Cup Semi Final and a fifth successive Grand Final. As ever, Franny finished off some stunning tries.

The 2011 season was a real roller coaster for all the team. Not only had the club got to contend with playing all their home matches at Widnes, following the sale of Knowsley Road, but a series of injuries threatened to derail the quest for silverware.

Never the less the players responded magnificently by reaching an eleventh consecutive Challenge Cup Final and a record breaking sixth successive Grand Final. However, a sour taste of disappointment featured as the Saints lost to Wigan in the Challenge Cup and Leeds came back strongly in the last twenty minutes of the Grand Final to dampen the spirits. The season was marked by the emergence of young players who cemented their positions in the first team and demanded their inclusion in the big games.

That season Meli moved into the left centre berth and emerged as a good distributor for Jamie Foster who finished the season as top club try scorer. Indeed this left wing partnership proved lethal to the opposition as Franny powered over the line 13 times that season.

Franny finished his final season at Langtree Park in the centre position and ended 2013 as the top tryscorer for the club with 16 tries. His consistent scoring elevated Franny into the all time top 20 try scorers for the club. Dave Dooley

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
200613 0 0 27
2007 21 0 0 29
200817 0 0 34
2009 17 0 0 26
2010 26 0 0 25
2011 15 0 0 28
2012 20 0 0 30
2013 16 0 0 25
TOTALS:145 0 0 224
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2006 2001
20070001
20080001
2011 0002
2012 1001
2013 0002
TOTALS:3008

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
28th Jan 2006 W 5 Widnes Vikings * Fr 2006 A 70 6 2 V
11th Feb 2006 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2006 A 40 16 V
17th Feb 2006 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2006 H 44 8 1 V
24th Feb 2006 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 H 13 4 1 V
3rd Mar 2006 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 A 18 10 V
12th Mar 2006 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 18 16 V
17th Mar 2006 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2006 H 38 16 2 V
24th Mar 2006 W 5 Hull FC SL 2006 A 46 0 2 V
31st Mar 2006 W 5 Doncaster Lakers PCC4 2006 H 56 6 1 V
7th Apr 2006 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2006 H 16 6 V
28th Apr 2006 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2006 H 34 8 V
6th May 2006 L 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 A 16 19 V
20th May 2006 W 5 Bradford Bulls PCC5 2006 H 42 18 V
27th May 2006 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2006 A 28 14 1 V
3rd Jun 2006 W 5 Catalan Dragons PCC6 2006 H 56 10 V
8th Jun 2006 L 5 Hull FC SL 2006 H 26 27 V
16th Jun 2006 L 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2006 A 18 20 V
24th Jun 2006 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2006 H 28 6 V
22nd Jul 2006 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 A 18 14 V
29th Jul 2006 W 5 Hull Kingston Rovers PCCSF 2006 N 50 0 V
4th Aug 2006 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2006 H 56 8 1 V
13th Aug 2006 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2006 A 72 4 V
26th Aug 2006 W 5 Huddersfield Giants PCCF 2006 N 42 12 V
1st Sep 2006 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2006 H 34 12 V
9th Sep 2006 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2006 H 54 18 2 V
17th Sep 2006 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2006 A 38 30 V
29th Sep 2006 W 5 Hull FC SLPOQF 2006 H 12 8 1 V
14th Oct 2006 W 5 Hull FC SLGF 2006 N 26 4 1 V
28th Jan 2007 W 5 Leigh Centurions* Fr 2007 H 40 10 V
4th Feb 2007 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2007 A 18 10 V
9th Feb 2007 L 5 Harlequins RL SL 2007 H 6 14 V
18th Feb 2007 L 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2007 A 22 29 V
23rd Feb 2007 W 5 Brisbane Broncos WCC 2007 N 18 14 V
2nd Mar 2007 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2007 H 34 22 V
9th Mar 2007 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2007 A 48 12 1 V
17th Mar 2007 L 5 Hull FC SL 2007 A 12 24 V
23rd Mar 2007 W 5 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2007 H 42 14 2 V
30th Mar 2007 W 5 Batley Bulldogs CCC4 2007 H 78 14 2 V
6th Apr 2007 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 A 32 14 1 V
9th Apr 2007 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2007 H 48 4 1 V
13th Apr 2007 W 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2007 H 53 10 1 V
21st Apr 2007 L 2 Leeds Rhinos SL 2007 A 19 38 V
29th Apr 2007 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2007 A 44 6 1 V
5th May 2007 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 N 34 18 1 V
11th May 2007 W 5 Rochdale Hornets CCC5 2007 N 70 10 2 V
1st Jun 2007 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2007 H 27 26 1 V
9th Jun 2007 W 5 Warrington Wolves CCC6 2007 H 25 14 V
15th Jul 2007 L 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2007 A 4 10 V
20th Jul 2007 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 H 19 12 1 V
28th Jul 2007 W 5 Bradford Bulls CCCSF 2007 N 35 14 1 V
3rd Aug 2007 W 5 Hull FC SL 2007 H 31 20 3 V
11th Aug 2007 L 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2007 A 0 21 V
17th Aug 2007 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2007 A 32 20 V
25th Aug 2007 W 5 Catalans Dragons CCCF 2007 N 30 8 V
7th Sep 2007 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2007 H 36 16 3 V
14th Sep 2007 L 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2007 A 12 20 V
28th Sep 2007 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2007 H 10 8 V
13th Oct 2007 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2007 N 6 33 V
2nd Feb 2008 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats * Fr 2008 H 38 22 V
10th Feb 2008 L 5 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2008 A 22 24 V
15th Feb 2008 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2008 H 30 22 1 V
22nd Feb 2008 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2008 A 22 16 V
2nd Mar 2008 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2008 H 34 30 V
7th Mar 2008 W 5 Hull FC SL 2008 H 30 29 V
15th Mar 2008 L 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2008 A 10 24 1 V
21st Mar 2008 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 H 46 10 2 V
24th Mar 2008 L 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2008 A 26 28 V
28th Mar 2008 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2008 H 10 14 V
6th Apr 2008 L 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2008 A 24 30 V
11th Apr 2008 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2008 H 58 12 1 V
20th Apr 2008 W 15 London Skolars CCC4 2008 H 56 0 V
25th Apr 2008 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2008 A 30 22 1 V
4th May 2008 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 N 57 16 1 V
10th May 2008 W 5 Warrington Wolves CCC5 2008 H 40 34 1 V
17th May 2008 W 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2008 H 28 10 V
25th May 2008 W 5 Hull FC SL 2008 A 16 8 V
1st Jun 2008 W 5 Hull Kingston Rovers CCC6 2008 A 24 18 V
6th Jun 2008 W 5 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2008 H 52 10 V
13th Jun 2008 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2008 H 58 20 V
20th Jun 2008 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2008 A 26 12 2 V
29th Jun 2008 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2008 H 46 16 1 V
5th Jul 2008 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2008 A 54 0 1 V
11th Jul 2008 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2008 H 68 12 2 V
18th Jul 2008 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 A 46 12 V
26th Jul 2008 W 5 Leeds Rhinos CCCSF 2008 N 26 16 V
3rd Aug 2008 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2008 A 42 10 V
9th Aug 2008 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2008 H 17 16 V
17th Aug 2008 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2008 A 32 16 V
24th Aug 2008 W 14 Huddersfield Giants SL 2008 A 40 22 V
30th Aug 2008 W 5 Hull FC CCCF 2008 N 28 16 2 V
5th Sep 2008 D 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2008 H 16 16 V
19th Sep 2008 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SLQSF 2008 H 38 10 1 V
4th Oct 2008 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2008 N 16 24 V
27th Mar 2009 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2009 A 42 18 V
5th Apr 2009 W 5 Leeds Rhinos CCC4 2009 A 22 18 V
9th Apr 2009 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2009 A 19 12 V
13th Apr 2009 W 5 Hull FC SL 2009 H 44 22 V
19th Apr 2009 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2009 A 68 22 V
24th Apr 2009 L 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2009 H 30 34 2 V
2nd May 2009 L 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2009 N 18 38 V
10th May 2009 W 5 Catalans Dragons CCC5 2009 H 42 8 2 V
16th May 2009 W 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2009 A 32 28 1 V
5th Jun 2009 W 5 Hull FC SL 2009 A 30 6 V
12th Jun 2009 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2009 H 50 10 V
21st Jun 2009 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2009 A 44 18 2 V
26th Jun 2009 W 5 Celtic Crusaders SL 2009 H 30 0 V
3rd Jul 2009 L 5 Salford City Reds SL 2009 A 10 20 1 V
11th Jul 2009 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2009 A 40 26 1 V
17th Jul 2009 L 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2009 H 20 22 1 V
25th Jul 2009 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2009 A 44 24 V
31st Jul 2009 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2009 H 10 6 V
9th Aug 2009 L 5 Huddersfield Giants CCCSF 2009 N 14 24 3 V
16th Aug 2009 L 5 Hull KR SL 2009 A 10 26 V
21st Aug 2009 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2009 H 12 10 1 V
4th Sep 2009 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2009 A 10 18 V
11th Sep 2009 L 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2009 H 12 24 V
19th Sep 2009 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SLQPO2 2009 H 15 2 1 V
3rd Oct 2009 W 5 Wigan Warriors SLQSF2 2009 H 14 10 2 V
10th Oct 2009 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2009 N 10 18 V
14th Feb 2010 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2010 A 38 6 V
20th Feb 2010 W 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2010 A 42 12 2 V
26th Feb 2010 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2010 H 22 16 1 V
7th Mar 2010 L 5 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2010 A 24 28 1 V
12th Mar 2010 W 5 Crusaders SL 2010 H 37 30 1 V
19th Mar 2010 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2010 H 28 18 V
28th Mar 2010 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2010 A 24 6 2 V
2nd Apr 2010 L 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2010 H 10 18 V
5th Apr 2010 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2010 A 52 18 2 V
10th Apr 2010 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2010 A 32 24 V
9th May 2010 W 5 Harlequins RL RLCC5 2010 A 30 10 2 V
4th Jun 2010 L 5 Hull FC SL 2010 A 26 27 4 V
11th Jun 2010 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2010 H 30 22 V
20th Jun 2010 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2010 A 26 24 1 V
9th Jul 2010 L 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2010 H 20 30 2 V
18th Jul 2010 W 5 Harlequins RL SL 2010 H 32 18 2 V
25th Jul 2010 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2010 A 50 6 1 V
31st Jul 2010 W 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2010 A 26 24 1 V
7th Aug 2010 L 4 Leeds Rhinos RLCCSF 2010 N 28 32 1 V
13th Aug 2010 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2010 H 60 12 V
21st Aug 2010 W 4 Crusaders SL 2010 A 36 10 V
4th Sep 2010 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2010 H 40 30 1 V
10th Sep 2010 W 4 Warrington Wolves SLQSF 2010 H 28 12 V
24th Sep 2010 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SLQSF 2010 H 42 22 1 V
2nd Oct 2010 L 4 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2010 N 10 22 1 V
23rd Jan 2011 W 5 Widnes Vikings * Friendly 2011 A 52 20 V
31st Jan 2011 L 5 Huddersfield Giants * Friendly 2011 H 12 36 V
12th Feb 2011 D 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2011 N 16 16 1 V
18th Feb 2011 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2011 A 56 22 1 V
25th Feb 2011 L 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2011 H 18 25 V
5th Mar 2011 W 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2011 A 22 16 V
11th Mar 2011 L 5 Harlequins RL SL 2011 H 16 27 1 V
19th Mar 2011 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2011 A 30 16 1 V
25th Mar 2011 W 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2011 H 28 16 V
22nd Apr 2011 L 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2011 A 24 28 V
25th Apr 2011 W 4 Castleford Tigers SL 2011 H 22 20 1 V
2nd May 2011 D 4 Hull FC SL 2011 A 24 24 V
7th May 2011 W 4 Sheffield Eagles RLCC4 2011 H 52 26 2 V
14th May 2011 L 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2011 A 18 40 V
22nd May 2011 W 4 Featherstone Rovers RLCC5 2011 H 70 0 1 V
27th May 2011 W 4 Crusaders SL 2011 H 28 12 V
3rd Jun 2011 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2011 H 42 16 1 V
17th Jun 2011 L 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2011 H 10 32 V
24th Jun 2011 L 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2011 A 28 35 V
1st Jul 2011 W 4 Hull FC SL 2011 H 28 14 2 V
10th Jul 2011 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2011 A 46 6 1 V
15th Jul 2011 W 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2011 H 40 18 2 V
24th Jul 2011 W 4 Hull Kingston Rovers RLCC6 2011 H 54 6 V
6th Aug 2011 L 4 Wigan Warriors RLCCSF 2011 N 12 18 V
12th Aug 2011 W 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2011 H 19 6 V
21st Aug 2011 L 4 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2011 A 22 24 V
2nd Sep 2011 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2011 H 31 6 1 V
18th Sep 2011 W 4 Wigan Warriors SLPOQSF 2011 A 26 18 V
1st Oct 2011 W 4 Wigan Warriors SLPOESF 2011 H 26 18 V
8th Oct 2011 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2011 N 16 32 V
20th Jan 2012 W 4 Widnes Vikings * Karalius Cup 2012 H 42 24 1 V
4th Feb 2012 W 4 London Broncos SL 2012 A 34 24 1 V
10th Feb 2012 W 4 Salford City Reds SL 2012 H 38 10 1 V
19th Feb 2012 D 4 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2012 A 36 36 2 V
4th Mar 2012 L 4 Huddersfield Giants SL 2012 A 16 17 V
9th Mar 2012 L 4 Hull FC SL 2012 H 10 22 V
17th Mar 2012 L 4 Bradford Bulls SL 2012 A 8 12 1 V
25th Mar 2012 W 4 Leeds Rhinos SL 2012 H 46 6 V
30th Mar 2012 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2012 A 28 16 1 V
6th Apr 2012 L 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2012 H 10 28 1 V
9th Apr 2012 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2012 A 18 12 1 V
15th Apr 2012 W 5 Widnes Vikings RLCC4 2012 A 40 38 V
20th Apr 2012 W 5 Widnes Vikings SL 2012 H 62 0 V
27th Apr 2012 W 5 Oldham Roughyeds RLCC5 2012 A 76 0 3 V
4th May 2012 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2012 H 38 12 V
12th May 2012 L 5 Wigan Warriors RLCC6 2012 A 4 18 V
21st May 2012 W 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2012 A 31 18 V
27th May 2012 L 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2012 N 16 42 V
8th Jun 2012 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2012 H 54 0 1 V
22nd Jun 2012 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2012 A 32 10 V
29th Jun 2012 W 5 Hull KR SL 2012 H 34 28 V
8th Jul 2012 W 5 Widnes Vikings SL 2012 A 24 23 V
20th Jul 2012 W 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2012 A 20 15 1 V
29th Jul 2012 W 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2012 H 46 12 1 V
6th Aug 2012 L 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2012 H 12 22 V
12th Aug 2012 L 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2012 A 32 33 3 V
17th Aug 2012 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2012 H 44 12 V
31st Aug 2012 W 5 London Broncos SL 2012 H 30 0 V
7th Sep 2012 W 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2012 A 26 18 V
15th Sep 2012 W 5 Warrington Wolves SLQPO 2012 A 28 6 1 V
29th Sep 2012 L 5 Warrington Wolves SLQSF 2012 H 18 36 2 V
11th Jan 2013 W 5 Huddersfield Giants * Friendly 2013 H 26 0 V
20th Jan 2013 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats * Friendly 2013 H 42 12 V
2nd Feb 2013 L 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2013 H 4 40 V
10th Feb 2013 W 5 Widnes Vikings SL 2013 A 16 4 2 V
15th Feb 2013 D 5 Hull FC SL 2013 H 22 22 1 V
23rd Feb 2013 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2013 A 36 10 V
1st Mar 2013 L 5 Leeds Rhinos SL 2013 H 12 20 2 V
8th Mar 2013 W 5 Warrington Wolves SL 2013 A 22 10 1 V
15th Mar 2013 W 5 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2013 H 52 18 V
22nd Mar 2013 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2013 H 14 10 1 V
29th Mar 2013 L 5 Wigan Warriors SL 2013 A 16 28 1 V
7th Apr 2013 L 5 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2013 A 14 22 V
12th Apr 2013 L 5 Catalans Dragons SL 2013 H 12 22 V
20th Apr 2013 L 5 Hull Kingston Rovers RLCC4 2013 A 18 26 V
3rd Jun 2013 L 5 Huddersfield Giants SL 2013 A 16 25 V
9th Jun 2013 W 5 Bradford Bulls SL 2013 H 30 18 V
21st Jun 2013 W 5 Salford City Reds SL 2013 A 52 10 2 V
28th Jun 2013 L 5 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2013 H 12 24 1 V
7th Jul 2013 W 5 Castleford Tigers SL 2013 A 40 24 V
22nd Jul 2013 W 4 Wigan Warriors SL 2013 H 22 16 V
3rd Aug 2013 W 4 Catalans Dragons SL 2013 A 26 6 1 V
9th Aug 2013 W 4 London Broncos SL 2013 H 38 10 2 V
18th Aug 2013 W 4 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2013 A 26 12 V
30th Aug 2013 L 4 Warrington Wolves SL 2013 H 16 29 V
6th Sep 2013 W 4 Hull FC SL 2013 A 38 12 1 V
14th Sep 2013 W 4 Hull Kingston Rovers SLEPO 2013 H 46 10 1 V
20th Sep 2013 L 4 Leeds Rhinos SLPSF 2013 A 10 11 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 216 OTHER 8 = 224
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 2 Subs) = 224

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