Sad end to Demetri’s Kings season

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content on 29 Jul 2013 at 09:24
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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?


  • The refs missed a massive forward pass in the lead up to the Lions’ last try. Kings must be gutted having lost like that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.13 09:26:24 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I feel for the Kings 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.13 09:29:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) : Someone has to get the blame right…..LOL That was a all round poor performance by the ref but he is a worldclass ref…..He made a couple of bad calls both ways so it does not matter…..Just look at the scoreboard…. I really feel sorry for the Kings and Demetri. He is such a quiality player….Bad luck Kings and good luck for the game on Saterday it is not gonna be easy….. Just by the way…. Well done on a great win to my beloved LIONS… Jantjies also performed like the Jantjies we know…. Well done boytjie…

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.13 09:39:25 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) Im not so sure if that was a massive forward pass, marginal maybe but probably flat. Skinstad, through his tears, saw it as 1 meter forward. I will check it out again tonight with special emphasis on the passers hand direction, forward or backwards.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.13 09:42:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I was sceptical about the Kings at the beginning of the season but they surprised me. They played a good game, they played like a team and played like a team who wanted to win. They played for each other and they ran a few teams close, pulled off a few surprises and got a few hidings but whether they were winning or losing they never looked like giving up. They made their tackles and put in the hard yards. If the Lions win the promotion back to super rugby it will be a shame.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.13 10:55:14 by lostfish Reply
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  • Not a big fan of DK. Think he is defensively not sound. Sometimes just shadows a player on defensive waiting for another team member to do the hard stuff. Much like ol’ Naas

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.13 10:59:41 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 5) :

    im hoping this season out of super rugby will push the Lions to perform better . If we beat the Kings on Saturday that is ..

    The aim for the GLRU need to be to not end last . That is also what i as a fan will be expecting from my team .

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.13 11:20:37 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 7) : It would be a shame for them not to have learned anything.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.13 11:31:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : I also feel for the Kings. I feel fark-all for them :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.13 13:31:59 by jonnow Reply

  • 😈 some good players in the King’s squad. I hope we have secured some prelim signings! Then some young guns in the Lions as well. Kriel etc.:twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.07.13 14:26:29 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 9) : Amen

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.07.13 14:28:03 by Uli Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) : I thought the worse call of the night was when the ref called a 22 drop-out when the Kings were playing the ball on the Lions’ goal line. Firstly the tackled player was not released and the tackler never attempted to role away, making it impossible for the tackled player to cleanly place the ball (the ref and the commentators missed that completely). The the ball came out, went of a Kings player boot, the Lions tried to scoop it up, but only managed to pop it over the goal line, where another Lions player dotted it down. Should have been a 5 meter scrum for the kings.

    Instead the ref called it of a Kings boot and called a 5 meter scrum.

    That was when the Kings was only 5 points behind. After this the Lions managed to score taking the lead up to 12, but the Kings managed to come back and score one of their own proving exactly how costly the refs decision was, as the were perfectly capable of scoring when they had possession in that area of the field.

    It was quite frankly shocking and I couldn’t believe with all the “advancements” we are making with technology that the TV ref could not just interject right then and there and let the ref know that he was mistaken and that it should be a 5 meter scrum.

    With the injury to one of the Lions players just after the incident, I am almost sure the replay was shown on the screen for everyone to see.

    I just can’t understand why we can’t interject when refs made clear and obvious mistakes like this. Someone needs to be able to say hey, go back, this is the right decision.

    Because of this, I want the Kings to win the next game by 7 points at least.

    I don’t like it when referees aren’t corrected. I almost feel like the game should be played from that scrum with the same score on another day.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.13 14:40:14 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 10) :

    stop perving 😛

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.13 15:22:10 by Zibbie Reply
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  • So the kings are sitting without coaches now lol
    what a waste of time and money.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.07.13 13:14:34 by Uli Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 4) : I agree with you – Bobby’s hysterical reaction was so biased as to be embarrassing – as it was with any of the marginal calls that went against the Kings.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.07.13 16:23:45 by steve Reply


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