After suffering an agonising home loss to the Lions in Friday’s first Super Rugby promotion/relegation decider, the Southern Kings have been dealt a further blow with crack flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis ruled out of the return fixture.
The Kings’ “Greek god”, so instrumental in last year’s surprising Currie Cup Final victory for Western Province, has been a consistent performer for the Kings in their up-and=down maiden Super Rugby campaign and few Kings fans would argue that he’s regularly been the difference between winning and losing (or often, a narrow loss versus a rather large one!)
Catrikilis suffered a shoulder injury in Friday night’s reversal and will be on the sidelines for up to two months as a result; this means no participation in the only remaining “Super Rugby” game the Kings have scheduled and casts a shadow over his Currie Cup participation too. It’s been hinted that a number of provinces were looking to pick up Catrikilis as either a short-tern – or long-term – signing ahead of the Currie Cup Premier Division, which kicks off next Friday.
The elephant in the room, though, is this: with the Kings now all-but assured of relegation, how many of their current playing roster will be prepared to stick around in PE next year?Tweet