Catrakilis to stay at WP?

2012-09-10 21:14

Cape Town - The next couple of weeks of Currie Cup rugby should determine where Demetri Catrakilis furthers his rugby career in 2013.

Although there has been a lot of speculation that Catrakilis has already signed to play for the Southern Kings in next year’s Super Rugby competition, Western Province and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told the website that is still far from a certainty. He intends using the next few weeks to make up his mind whether to counter the Kings offer.

“We do have the right to match an offer that is made to one of our players and we are exercising that right with Demetri,” said Coetzee on Monday.

“There will obviously be a cut-off date when we will have to make up our minds, but that day has not arrived yet. We have been talking to his agent, and while there has been an offer made to him, we are still weighing up our options and assessing what we’ve got in terms of flyhalf talent.

“Demetri has played really well for us so far in this Currie Cup season.

"There is no doubting or denying that. But the budget only goes so far so we are going to have to see what we can afford. We also need to decide where each player fits into the pecking order.”

It is understood that Catrakilis has been made an assurance he will start at flyhalf for the Kings, so obviously the Stormers are going to have to make some sort of assurance that Catrakilis, if not ahead of first choice Peter Grant, is still high up on the list and in line for game time for the Cape team if he stays.

Coetzee admitted he faced a bit of a problem in giving the players he is weighing up as possible Stormers flyhalves next year due to the injury that has kept Gary van Aswegen from the field for much of the past few seasons. Van Aswegen is the recognised No 2 pivot and has been highly rated ever since playing a starring role for the WP Under-21 side that dominated the 2010 national age-group competition under the coaching of John Dobson and Rassie Erasmus.

However since graduating to senior ranks he has spent lengthy spells on the sidelines with injuries, and Coetzee sent him back to club rugby at the start of the domestic season in an attempt to offer him more game time.

“It is unfortunate, but it is a fact that when a player is injured it does hold back his career and stop him from progressing,” agreed the coach.

“I need to try to find an opportunity to accommodate Gary in the team in the next couple of games. It is not just him, but also Kurt Coleman that we want to look at. The problem is, and it is a nice problem to have, is that the selected team is doing so well at the moment and has picked up enough momentum for it to make us hard to make changes.”

Coetzee added that Burton Francis, who was on the Stormers bench for much of the Super Rugby campaign, had not been contracted by the union and that explained why he was currently playing for the South Western Districts Eagles.


  • paul.sdoow - 2012-09-10 21:27

    wpru should not have be waiting to counter offer. they should have prevented kings from even making an offer. the uct Greek god must stay in the cape!

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-11 08:55

      Drop Grant

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-11 09:18

      i would have given grant the handshake at the end of this s15 season. he was a great soldier but age is not on his side any more. i would also let Gary v A go he never impressed at cc level or higher. Kurt still has a better boot than Gary and is still young enough to be on rotation policy with Greek god . and if we look for three years period with groom demitri brache du plesis and alend arendse, and senior player will be aplon jdj j peterson . not too sure of catch a wake up vanden h, he impressed at bulls but for wp been very slow. maybe swap him to left wing where he shows some brilliance still .

      bfvillet - 2012-09-11 16:41

      Grant wants to play on his terms no currie cup and always arrives late for the Super 15 invest in the guys who are committed to WP.The team is more important than the individual

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-10 21:46

    ....and still zero cups for the loser-choker-cupless supporrters....

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-10 21:54

      . . . and still no new comment for blow job . . . and he ain't even commenting on bulls articles cause there nothing worth mentioning except they at the bottom of the log! . . . what's blou job jonny and the bulls got in common? they both play the same game plan over and over. . .

      arthur.j.ware - 2012-09-10 23:21

      And you're a Bladdy Useless Low Life Supporter - 2012-09-11 08:24

      you sound like a broken record....almost like you lost your girlfriend to a WP supporter and you still crying about it....say something intelligent and surprise me

      pierre.muller.54540 - 2012-09-11 15:30

      Johnny, province won the Vodacom cup this year.. So your comment of no cup is idiotic.. I know you will say, that cup means nothing, but when we win the Currie Cup later the year, you will probably say that is not the Super Rugby Cup.. So keep your idiotic none-sense comments to your self!! Go WP, go Springboks!!!!

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-09-10 21:53

    Alastair you idiot. Now that he is making you look good you want to keep him? If I were him I would tell you to get lost and play your losing choking rugby.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-10 22:22

    ...hey, all you loser-choker-cupless supporters... ...Lets do some Heyneke Meyer and Morne Steyn bashing...! ...Ready..? ....Go..! .....bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla.... ......again..! .....bla bla bla bla bla bla bla ...! ......again...! .......bla bla bla bla bla ....

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-11 08:19

      we don't need to bash them they do it to themselves with hm pounding that walki talki against his head enough said.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-11 06:36

    i thought the kings were going to develop local players for super rugby and embrace transformation , or was that just talk to get into super rugby

  • Delacruise01 - 2012-09-11 06:38

    Why do the Kings need to buy any talent? What about the black power in the eastern cape. This is not a race remark. That was their aim from the start, giving black players in the eastern cape the opportunity. But now they are buying players from all the other unions.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-09-11 08:24

      Stupid point!! It a professional era! Also the wealthier provinces are buying EP young talent, so to make up quality stocks in a short time you need to buy players! Surely i didnt have to explain that to you?

      marius.olivier.7 - 2012-09-11 08:28

      They are mostly buying players from the other unions that were originally poached from the Kings region. Just giving them an opportunity to come back home. The black talent will come through in a year or two. In their u/21 side there are already a number of very exciting prospects.

      Vanman1979 - 2012-09-11 09:47

      @MArius.Olivier.7 Last time i checked Catrakilis came from Johannesburg. Now unless my geography is wrong that is in Gauteng not the Eastern Cape. Watson said he wants to develop and use the talent in the EC. That is not what is happening. Then again Watson said it.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-11 09:48

      there are two different points here one is eastern cape rugby and other is black eastern cape rugby . cheeky was pushing for development of previously disadvantaged people so in that respect the kings quota system should be way higher than the other unions professional era or not . having said that i have no problem with them purchasing players from any franchise but we will only see if cheeky benefited or ecru benefited from the huge funding capital.

  • philip.h.voigt - 2012-09-11 07:35

    Please Alister don't let him slip out of our hands, he is the best back-up we have got to Peter Grant. Grant won't play forever!!

  • philip.h.voigt - 2012-09-11 07:36

    Please Coach, don't let him slip. He is the best back-up flyhalf to Grant by far!! Grant won't play forever!!

  • lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-11 08:53

    This guy is better than Grant and Koleman he is a 100 times better than Van Aswegen. Sign him and keep him, end of.

  • moederstad.wp - 2012-09-11 08:55

    Stop the gravy train and cut the FAT CATS salaries, then you will have the budget.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-11 09:42

      unfortunately most of the money is actually handed to the clubs to improve club rugby level in the province, we actually need to curb the amount of clubs receiving cash injections. not saying reduce the amount of clubs but reduce the subsidies given. maybe even work on a benefit program where the club receives cash should a member be chosen to play for province? development is important but survival of the union is crucial . the bulls managed to move into the professional era and make vast profits and this is where we stuck in the past. why not print stickers that a portion is donated for wpru and flags etc? and not be sold some fake knock off at the traffic lights by mugabe s brothers?

      pierre.muller.54540 - 2012-09-11 15:27

      @ paul.sdoow Their is a lot of clubs that will argue with you on the cash injection WPRFU is giving the clubs.. Club rugby is important for the development of rugby in the province, and if you have a good Club rugby structure, you should be pulling out of that pool to feed the provincial side. Problem is WP has to many players on their books, and not using their club systems. Contract less, and develop the clubs so we can use them more sificiently in our provincial side.

  • LouisBok - 2012-09-11 10:12

    Die Griek bly by ons. Cheeky Kotse het dan al die impi indoenas belowe hy pitch 'n xhosa span. Dis al rede hoekom ons die Lions verloor. En Alistair-as jy Jantjies koop en die Griek laat gaan,is jy dommer as zoema.

  • sulaiman.galant.7 - 2012-09-11 11:04

    Why don't they give Aswegan to the Kings and take his portion of monies and add it to the pot to let Catrikillas stay in the Cape.

  • james.dekock.92 - 2012-09-11 13:20

    No ways that maestro can be offered to any other union. Fork out and keep a brilliant flyhalf so he van work his way up through the ranks to Springboks

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-11 14:02

    Kings sal nie belangstel in wp spelers nie. Hulle choke aan die einde van elke seisoen. Kings wil bekers wen soos Bulls doen.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-11 14:46

      Haha, is oom nie 'n bietjie vroeg dronk vandag nie?

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