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Ben Matulino

Prop

Wests Tigers

Player Bio

Height:
193 cm
Weight:
107 kg
Age:
30
Date of Birth:
03 January 1989
Birthplace:
Wellington, NZ
Nickname:
-
Debut Club:
New Zealand Warriors
Opposition:
Cronulla Sharks
Date:
14 June 2008
Round:
14
Previous Club:
New Zealand Warriors
Junior Club:
Te Aroha Eels
Biography:

Growing up with a rugby union background, Matulino was a standout junior representative player in New Zealand once he made the switch to rugby league, with selection in the 2006 Junior Kiwis and 2007 New Zealand U/18 sides.

The Wellington-born forward was picked up by the Warriors’ U/20 squad as a teenager, where he was named in the inaugural Toyota Cup Team of the Year alongside close friend and current teammate Russell Packer.

Matulino made his first-grade debut in Round 14 of the 2008 season, going on to play 15 matches in his debut NRL season. He was named in the train-on squads for both Samoa and New Zealand following the strong start to his career, but was not named in the final squad for either nation.

He would make his international debut for New Zealand the following year in a 62-12 win over France as part of the 2009 Four Nations. From there, he would remain a pivotal part of the Kiwis squad — playing in the 2010 ANZAC Test off the bench before helping New Zealand earn a breakthrough 16-12 win over Australia in the 2010 Four Nations Final.

At club level, Matulino had established himself as a regular in the Warriors’ side each week, and played every match of the 2010 and 2011 series, including the Warriors’ Grand Final loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2011.

Matulino played his 100th NRL game in Round 15 of the 2012 season away at Cronulla (the same venue he made his first-grade debut at), before inking a contract extension to keep him at the Warriors until the end of 2015. Matulino was named the Warriors Player of the Year in 2012, an award he would win again in 2015 — making him one of few players to win the Warriors end-of-season award on multiple occasions.

In 2014, Matulino played his 150th NRL game and became the first player in the NRL to graduate from the Toyota Cup (U/20’s) program and play 150 NRL games. He would finish that season with four tries from his 20 matches played.

Featuring prominently in the Warriors squad over the next few seasons (and almost winning the Dally M Prop of the Year Award in that time), Matulino would eventually decide to leave New Zealand in 2017 when he signed with Wests Tigers on a long-term deal starting in 2018 — reuniting him with former teammates Russell Packer, Elijah Taylor, Tui Lolohea and Pita Godinet.

Matulino would end the 2017 season with 16 matches and one try to his name, including his 200th NRL appearance.

The 29-year-old would deliver in his first season in Wests Tigers colours, playing 23 of a possible 24 matches. He would fail to score a try throughout the year for just the second time in his career, however, leaving him with a tally of 17 tries from his 235 appearances to date.

Featuring in all but one game for Wests Tigers through the first half of the 2019 season, Matulino would sustain a serious knee injury in the club's Round 14 Golden Point win over the North Queensland Cowboys — ruling him out for the remainder of the season.

Matulino is signed through at Wests Tigers until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Career

Appearances
248
Tries
18

2019 Season

Appearances
13

Scoring

Tries
1

Attack

Tackle Breaks
1
Average Hit Ups
7.3
Post Contact Metres
347.4

Passing

Offloads
1

Defence

Tackles Made
316
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
79.7
Total Running Metres
1036

Fantasy

Total Points
392
Average Points
30.2

2019 Season - By Round

2019 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Sea Eagles Won 20 - 6 Prop 42 - - - - - - 23 - 11 28 2 77 58 18
2 Warriors Won 34 - 6 Prop 33 - - - - - - 13 - 7 24 - 43 43 -
3 Bulldogs Lost 8 - 22 Prop 30 - - - - - - 32 - 13 19 1 89 87 -
4 Panthers Lost 9 - 8 Prop 32 - - - - - - 28 - 9 17 - 65 55 10
5 Broncos Won 16 - 22 Interchange 30 - - - - - - 20 - 10 21 1 87 45 41
6 Eels Lost 51 - 6 Interchange 36 1 - 4 - - - 26 - 16 20 - 84 60 24
7 Titans Won 30 - 14 Prop 39 - - - - - 1 22 - 9 30 - 56 52 3
8 Roosters Lost 42 - 12 Prop 43 - - - - - - 34 1 12 31 1 65 65 -
9 Panthers Won 30 - 4 Prop 46 - - - - - - 34 - 13 26 1 112 77 35
10 Storm Lost 24 - 22 Prop 40 - - - - - - 33 - 12 23 - 99 70 29
11 Rabbitohs Lost 32 - 16 Prop 32 - - - - - - 29 - 8 24 2 90 51 38
13 Raiders Lost 0 - 28 Prop 39 - - - - - - 9 - 8 30 - 51 51 -
14 Cowboys Won 26 - 27 Prop 33 - - - - - - 44 - 12 23 - 112 98 13

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Warriors 2008 15 10 5 - 67% 1 - 4 - - 19 - 10 224 23 1,101 73.40 29 - -
Warriors 2009 18 5 11 2 28% - - - 7 0.39 21 - 11 283 32 1,169 64.94 16 - -
Warriors 2010 25 14 11 - 56% 2 - 8 - - 39 - 12 475 54 2,091 83.64 - - -
Warriors 2011 28 16 12 - 57% 2 - 8 9 0.32 43 - 18 524 35 2,757 98.46 - - -
Warriors 2012 22 8 14 - 36% 3 - 12 - - 38 - 17 403 26 2,784 126.55 - - -
Warriors 2013 24 11 13 - 46% 1 - 4 10 0.42 25 1,041 28 527 15 2,868 119.53 434 412 17.0
Warriors 2014 20 9 11 - 45% 4 - 16 - - 21 791 39 397 23 1,994 99.70 186 592 29.0
Warriors 2015 21 9 12 - 43% 2 - 8 - - 22 1,182 53 566 21 3,250 154.77 606 1,015 48.0
Warriors 2016 23 9 14 - 39% 1 - 4 - - 16 785 22 658 24 2,688 116.90 454 934 40.0
Warriors 2017 16 - - - - 1 - 4 - - 12 669 13 466 26 1,923 120.19 - 652 40.8
Wests Tigers 2018 23 12 11 - 52% - - - - - 8 797 11 618 33 2,103 91.45 329 781 33.0
Wests Tigers 2019 13 6 7 - 46% 1 - 4 - - 1 347 1 316 8 1,036 79.69 214 392 30.2

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Wests Tigers 2018 2019 36 18 18 - - 1 - 4 - - 9 1,145 12 934 40 3,139 87.00 543 1,171 32.5
Warriors 2008 2017 212 95 115 2 - 17 - 68 26 0.12 255 4,458 222 4,521 278 22,480 106.00 1,973 4,023 19.0

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