Tony Puletua

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
25-06-1979
N/A
23-04-2008
Penrith Panthers, Aus
13-02-2009 v Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos
2013- Salford Red Devils
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
2009-2013
137 (20)
40
0
0
160

BIOGRAPHY

Tony Puletua by Dave Dooley

Tony Puletua joined Saints with a host of first grade experience and a big game performance to boot. The massive strong running forward broke defences with ease and had a tough, no nonsense tackling game that was the envy of the rest of Super League. Tony continued the trend of Saints signing only the best type of players with the right attitude on and off the field. He soon demonstrated in his early matches that he was committed to the cause and fitted in to the Saints setup with the minimum of fuss.

Tony made more than 190 appearances for Penrith, has represented his country of origin New Zealand on numerous occasions and with his brother Frank was a part of the Panthers successful grand final team in 2003. Tall and athletic, surprisingly fast for such a big man and possessing a trademark big handed offload, Tony was soon setting up tries for his teammates as the Saints stormed through the 2009 season. He dazzled all in the Castleford sunshine on the 19th of April 2009 when he powered in for four tries as the Saints demolished the Tigers by 68 points to 22. That signalled 10 tries for the season in just 11 games.

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. Tony ended the season with a stunning 14 tries return to mark a highly creditable first season at Knowsley Road.

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. Tony remained a bedrock of the saints pack.


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. As a senior player and greatly respected forward, Tony helped guide the youngsters as they marched bravely towards the Grand Final. He finished the season having accrued 34 tries from just 78 matches in the red vee, an absolutely monumental effort. He had continued his trademark bullocking runs, often carrying several opponents on his back, and magical offloads.

His final seasons at Langtree Park saw Tony move into the front row. At the conclusion of the 2013 season Tony moved to the Salford Red Devils to aid their resurgence in the game.

Dave Dooley

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2009 14 0 0 31
2010 13 0 0 31
2011 7 0 0 26
2012 4 0 0 24
2013 2 0 0 25
TOTALS:40 0 0 137
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2009 2002
2010 0001
2011 0002
2013 0001
TOTALS:2006

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
18th Jan 2009 W 10 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats * Fr 2009 H 26 22 1 V
1st Feb 2009 W 10 Widnes Vikings * Fr 2009 A 54 6 1 V
13th Feb 2009 W 13 Warrington Wolves SL 2009 H 26 14 V
22nd Feb 2009 W 8 Huddersfield Giants SL 2009 A 23 6 1 V
27th Feb 2009 L 12 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2009 H 19 20 1 V
7th Mar 2009 W 13 Celtic Crusaders SL 2009 A 4 0 V
27th Mar 2009 W 14 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2009 A 42 18 1 V
5th Apr 2009 W 11 Leeds Rhinos CCC4 2009 A 22 18 V
9th Apr 2009 W 11 Wigan Warriors SL 2009 A 19 12 V
13th Apr 2009 W 10 Hull FC SL 2009 H 44 22 1 V
19th Apr 2009 W 10 Castleford Tigers SL 2009 A 68 22 4 V
2nd May 2009 L 10 Wigan Warriors SL 2009 N 18 38 V
10th May 2009 W 13 Catalans Dragons CCC5 2009 H 42 8 V
16th May 2009 W 13 Catalans Dragons SL 2009 A 32 28 V
22nd May 2009 W 13 Harlequins RL SL 2009 H 22 12 V
30th May 2009 W 13 Gateshead Thunder CCC6 2009 A 66 6 V
5th Jun 2009 W 13 Hull FC SL 2009 A 30 6 V
12th Jun 2009 W 8 Castleford Tigers SL 2009 H 50 10 V
21st Jun 2009 W 15 Bradford Bulls SL 2009 A 44 18 1 V
26th Jun 2009 W 15 Celtic Crusaders SL 2009 H 30 0 1 V
3rd Jul 2009 L 12 Salford City Reds SL 2009 A 10 20 V
11th Jul 2009 W 12 Warrington Wolves SL 2009 A 40 26 V
17th Jul 2009 L 10 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2009 H 20 22 V
25th Jul 2009 W 10 Harlequins RL SL 2009 A 44 24 2 V
31st Jul 2009 W 10 Wigan Warriors SL 2009 H 10 6 V
9th Aug 2009 L 10 Huddersfield Giants CCCSF 2009 N 14 24 V
16th Aug 2009 L 10 Hull KR SL 2009 A 10 26 V
21st Aug 2009 W 10 Huddersfield Giants SL 2009 H 12 10 V
4th Sep 2009 L 10 Leeds Rhinos SL 2009 A 10 18 V
11th Sep 2009 L 10 Catalans Dragons SL 2009 H 12 24 1 V
19th Sep 2009 W 10 Huddersfield Giants SLQPO2 2009 H 15 2 1 V
3rd Oct 2009 W 10 Wigan Warriors SLQSF2 2009 H 14 10 V
10th Oct 2009 L 10 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2009 N 10 18 V
22nd Jan 2010 W 11 Halifax* Fr 2010 H 38 18 V
6th Feb 2010 L 11 Hull FC SL 2010 H 12 32 V
14th Feb 2010 W 13 Bradford Bulls SL 2010 A 38 6 V
20th Feb 2010 W 11 Catalans Dragons SL 2010 A 42 12 V
26th Feb 2010 W 11 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2010 H 22 16 V
7th Mar 2010 L 11 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2010 A 24 28 V
19th Mar 2010 W 8 Warrington Wolves SL 2010 H 28 18 V
28th Mar 2010 W 8 Huddersfield Giants SL 2010 A 24 6 V
2nd Apr 2010 L 8 Wigan Warriors SL 2010 H 10 18 1 V
5th Apr 2010 W 13 Castleford Tigers SL 2010 A 52 18 1 V
10th Apr 2010 W 8 Harlequins RL SL 2010 A 32 24 V
17th Apr 2010 W 13 Toulouse Olympique RLCC4 2010 H 56 16 1 V
24th Apr 2010 W 13 Leeds Rhinos SL 2010 H 41 20 1 V
2nd May 2010 W 13 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2010 N 54 0 V
9th May 2010 W 13 Harlequins RL RLCC5 2010 A 30 10 V
15th May 2010 L 13 Salford City Reds SL 2010 A 34 42 V
21st May 2010 W 14 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2010 H 68 12 1 V
29th May 2010 W 15 Barrow Raiders RLCC6 2010 H 32 12 V
11th Jun 2010 W 13 Huddersfield Giants SL 2010 H 30 22 1 V
20th Jun 2010 W 13 Wigan Warriors SL 2010 A 26 24 V
25th Jun 2010 W 10 Salford City Reds SL 2010 H 58 34 1 V
9th Jul 2010 L 15 Catalans Dragons SL 2010 H 20 30 V
18th Jul 2010 W 14 Harlequins RL SL 2010 H 32 18 V
25th Jul 2010 W 14 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2010 A 50 6 2 V
31st Jul 2010 W 15 Warrington Wolves SL 2010 A 26 24 V
7th Aug 2010 L 15 Leeds Rhinos RLCCSF 2010 N 28 32 V
13th Aug 2010 W 10 Bradford Bulls SL 2010 H 60 12 1 V
21st Aug 2010 W 15 Crusaders SL 2010 A 36 10 1 V
4th Sep 2010 W 10 Castleford Tigers SL 2010 H 40 30 1 V
10th Sep 2010 W 13 Warrington Wolves SLQSF 2010 H 28 12 V
24th Sep 2010 W 13 Huddersfield Giants SLQSF 2010 H 42 22 1 V
2nd Oct 2010 L 13 Wigan Warriors SLGF 2010 N 10 22 V
23rd Jan 2011 W 14 Widnes Vikings * Friendly 2011 A 52 20 V
31st Jan 2011 L 14 Huddersfield Giants * Friendly 2011 H 12 36 V
12th Feb 2011 D 14 Wigan Warriors SL 2011 N 16 16 1 V
18th Feb 2011 W 10 Salford City Reds SL 2011 A 56 22 V
25th Feb 2011 L 14 Warrington Wolves SL 2011 H 18 25 V
5th Mar 2011 W 14 Catalans Dragons SL 2011 A 22 16 V
11th Mar 2011 L 13 Harlequins RL SL 2011 H 16 27 V
19th Mar 2011 W 13 Leeds Rhinos SL 2011 A 30 16 V
25th Mar 2011 W 13 Bradford Bulls SL 2011 H 28 16 V
1st Apr 2011 W 13 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2011 H 34 16 V
8th Apr 2011 W 13 Crusaders SL 2011 A 34 18 V
15th Apr 2011 W 13 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2011 H 52 6 1 V
22nd Apr 2011 L 13 Wigan Warriors SL 2011 A 24 28 V
25th Apr 2011 W 13 Castleford Tigers SL 2011 H 22 20 V
2nd May 2011 D 13 Hull FC SL 2011 A 24 24 1 V
3rd Jun 2011 W 13 Leeds Rhinos SL 2011 H 42 16 V
11th Jun 2011 D 13 Bradford Bulls SL 2011 A 14 14 V
17th Jun 2011 L 13 Wigan Warriors SL 2011 H 10 32 1 V
24th Jun 2011 L 13 Warrington Wolves SL 2011 A 28 35 2 V
1st Jul 2011 W 13 Hull FC SL 2011 H 28 14 V
10th Jul 2011 W 13 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2011 A 46 6 V
15th Jul 2011 W 13 Catalans Dragons SL 2011 H 40 18 V
24th Jul 2011 W 10 Hull Kingston Rovers RLCC6 2011 H 54 6 V
31st Jul 2011 W 13 Castleford Tigers SL 2011 A 46 26 1 V
6th Aug 2011 L 10 Wigan Warriors RLCCSF 2011 N 12 18 V
18th Sep 2011 W 10 Wigan Warriors SLPOQSF 2011 A 26 18 V
1st Oct 2011 W 10 Wigan Warriors SLPOESF 2011 H 26 18 V
8th Oct 2011 L 10 Leeds Rhinos SLGF 2011 N 16 32 V
10th Feb 2012 W 8 Salford City Reds SL 2012 H 38 10 V
19th Feb 2012 D 10 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2012 A 36 36 V
24th Feb 2012 L 13 Catalans Dragons SL 2012 H 32 34 V
4th Mar 2012 L 13 Huddersfield Giants SL 2012 A 16 17 V
9th Mar 2012 L 10 Hull FC SL 2012 H 10 22 1 V
17th Mar 2012 L 10 Bradford Bulls SL 2012 A 8 12 V
25th Mar 2012 W 13 Leeds Rhinos SL 2012 H 46 6 V
6th Apr 2012 L 12 Wigan Warriors SL 2012 H 10 28 V
9th Apr 2012 W 11 Castleford Tigers SL 2012 A 18 12 V
21st May 2012 W 15 Leeds Rhinos SL 2012 A 31 18 V
27th May 2012 L 15 Wigan Warriors SL 2012 N 16 42 V
3rd Jun 2012 D 10 Hull FC SL 2012 A 18 18 V
8th Jun 2012 W 12 Bradford Bulls SL 2012 H 54 0 V
22nd Jun 2012 W 8 Salford City Reds SL 2012 A 32 10 V
29th Jun 2012 W 11 Hull KR SL 2012 H 34 28 1 V
8th Jul 2012 W 12 Widnes Vikings SL 2012 A 24 23 V
20th Jul 2012 W 12 Catalans Dragons SL 2012 A 20 15 V
6th Aug 2012 L 12 Warrington Wolves SL 2012 H 12 22 V
12th Aug 2012 L 12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2012 A 32 33 1 V
17th Aug 2012 W 13 Castleford Tigers SL 2012 H 44 12 V
31st Aug 2012 W 12 London Broncos SL 2012 H 30 0 1 V
7th Sep 2012 W 12 Wigan Warriors SL 2012 A 26 18 V
15th Sep 2012 W 11 Warrington Wolves SLQPO 2012 A 28 6 V
29th Sep 2012 L 11 Warrington Wolves SLQSF 2012 H 18 36 V
20th Jan 2013 W 17 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats * Friendly 2013 H 42 12 V
2nd Feb 2013 L 16 Huddersfield Giants SL 2013 H 4 40 V
10th Feb 2013 W 15 Widnes Vikings SL 2013 A 16 4 V
15th Feb 2013 D 8 Hull FC SL 2013 H 22 22 V
23rd Feb 2013 W 8 Bradford Bulls SL 2013 A 36 10 1 V
1st Mar 2013 L 13 Leeds Rhinos SL 2013 H 12 20 V
8th Mar 2013 W 14 Warrington Wolves SL 2013 A 22 10 V
22nd Mar 2013 W 11 Salford City Reds SL 2013 H 14 10 V
20th Apr 2013 L 11 Hull Kingston Rovers RLCC4 2013 A 18 26 V
27th Apr 2013 L 8 London Broncos SL 2013 A 14 21 V
3rd May 2013 L 10 Widnes Vikings SL 2013 H 28 35 1 V
20th May 2013 W 14 Leeds Rhinos SL 2013 A 30 22 V
25th May 2013 L 8 Warrington Wolves SL 2013 N 22 48 V
3rd Jun 2013 L 8 Huddersfield Giants SL 2013 A 16 25 V
9th Jun 2013 W 8 Bradford Bulls SL 2013 H 30 18 V
21st Jun 2013 W 11 Salford City Reds SL 2013 A 52 10 V
28th Jun 2013 L 8 Hull Kingston Rovers SL 2013 H 12 24 V
7th Jul 2013 W 8 Castleford Tigers SL 2013 A 40 24 V
22nd Jul 2013 W 8 Wigan Warriors SL 2013 H 22 16 V
3rd Aug 2013 W 8 Catalans Dragons SL 2013 A 26 6 V
9th Aug 2013 W 8 London Broncos SL 2013 H 38 10 V
18th Aug 2013 W 8 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2013 A 26 12 V
30th Aug 2013 L 8 Warrington Wolves SL 2013 H 16 29 V
6th Sep 2013 W 8 Hull FC SL 2013 A 38 12 V
14th Sep 2013 W 8 Hull Kingston Rovers SLEPO 2013 H 46 10 V
20th Sep 2013 L 8 Leeds Rhinos SLPSF 2013 A 10 11 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 131 OTHER 6 = 137
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 20 Subs) = 137

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