The Southern Kings hopes of competing in Super Rugby next season have taken a massive blow as we are told their star fly half Demetri Catrakilis has been ruled out of their second promotion-relegation match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The former Stormers pivot and Currie Cup winner injured his shoulder in their 19 – 26 loss at home against a Lions team determined to find redemption and retake their place in Super Rugby.
Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons made the announcement earlier today, confirming the teams top points scorer will be out for 4-6 weeks.
“Demetri has sustained a similar injury to that of Steven Sykes earlier this season, which will see him out for between four and six weeks, which means he will not be up for contention for the second promotion relegation game,”
This means that the last match with the Lions may be the last match we see Catrakilis in a Kings shirt as he will not be representing the province in the Currie Cup First Division and has a clause in his contract to be released if they do not make it back into Super Rugby. This would be a massive blow to the union and their hopes of future success.
The Kings did manage to scrape a loosing bonus point out of the match and therefor need a clear win in Johannesburg this weekend without the Lions taking a point in order to stay alive in Super Rugby.