Kings poach Maku, Catrakilis

2012-10-31 13:12

Johannesburg - The Southern Kings have been given a player boost by the news that both Western Province Currie Cup hero Demetri Catrakilis and Lions and Bok hooker Bandise Maku will be joining them for the 2013 edition of Vodacom Super Rugby.

According to website, Catrakilis turned down an offer from Western Province coach Allister Coetzee after an emotional victory in the Absa Currie Cup and has kept his word to join the Kings, alongside Sharks lock Steven Sykes and Cheetahs midfielder Andries Strauss.

Maku has finally signed papers with the Kings, even though he previously denied he would be joining Super Rugby’s newest team.

The Kings announced three players a month ago that had signed with them – including Bok hooker Maku – but it was quickly denied on social media by the player, prompting questions whether or not the Kings had jumped the gun on the announcement.

But strangely on Monday afternoon Maku announced his move on Twitter, saying “Only nw cn w officially say tht I'm going 2 th Kings.Thnk u all 4 ur devoted support thru out ths season.Looking 4wrd 2 a fruitful yr ahead. (sic)" (Only now can officially say that I’m going to the Kings. Thank you all for your devoted support throughout this season. Looking forward to a fruitful year ahead)

This means the Kings now will have four Super Rugby quality players at their disposal, and also completed the signing of former Pumas scrumhalf Shaun Venter as well this week.

Catrakilis has made his mind up and despite a last minute plea from Coetzee, decided he wanted to move to the Kings.

“I’m excited, I made the decision wanted to go to the Kings a while ago and I’ve now stuck to it. It’s a new challenge and I’m excited to prove myself in Super Rugby,” Catrakilis told EWNSport.

The player added that seeing the effect the Currie Cup victory had on Cape Town was “surreal” but that it didn’t change his mind on his decision.


  • lean.sadie - 2012-10-31 13:19

    Good move really, will give him some game time. He will show Morne how it's done on two occasions, even though his team will lose.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-31 14:51

      Is it possible for you and your friends to comment without dragging WP's name into it troll? You are not even remotely funny. See how it is? You guys can copy and paste the same stuff all day, and not stop. Yet others aren't allowed to give their own opinion hey? Is it my fault Morne has been so bad this year? What about Hougaard?

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 15:02

      We dont have to anymore, seems like WP gets by without us!!LOL

  • Scatmanza - 2012-10-31 13:29

    so much for developing local players

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-31 13:48

      Hey sean did you watch the CC final on Saturday?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-31 14:41

      Watchman - mark my words - in a few years we will all be talking about Timo Swiel - the youngster who played for the WP u21 on Saturday. he is actually still eligible to paly u19. and he is a local boy...

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-10-31 14:54

      Its a circle process, where money is the most important SCATMAN. Youre being silly! You cant develope new players without cash also, most of the players of colour come from the coastal belt which the other teams poach, so really now, thats where our top talent is!!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-31 15:43

      Frans I saw Swiel play at schoolboy level and the guy had electric pace and an eye for a gap. Watching him play for the u21 was a total contrast. He looks like he put on a few kilos and lost a few yards of pace. Watch this and you'll see what I mean

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-31 13:45

    2013 Super 15 can't come quick enough!!!

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 13:50

      Agreed, cant wait to see WP and The Kings get lost at the bottom of the log!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-31 14:01

      I'm not happy about the situation with the Lions and the kings but it has stirred up an interest that's ready to boil over!!!

  • steve.impala.75 - 2012-10-31 13:46

    I want to know where all the talent from the EP is that Cheeky gave as his motivation for wanting to play in the Super 15??? He went on and on about wanting to develop EP rugby and now, now he is developing all but the local talent.

      steven.rhode.311 - 2012-10-31 14:38

      You didn't believe him, did you?

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-31 15:21

      They are currently playing Super Rugby for the other unions, 57 and counting Now EP can develop them and keep them Are EP meant to develop the players between August when given the go ahead and Feb next year? Catch a wake up

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-31 15:22

      Maybe if you were more up to date with EP, Border and SWD rugby you would know exactly how many young talent there are. Have a look at their age group teams and also the Kings Academy

      CapeChappy - 2012-10-31 16:32

      You know how you can tell when Cheeky is talking sh*t don't you? He opens his mouth.

      steve.impala.75 - 2012-10-31 16:36

      Guys, I don't argue the fact that there isn't any talent in the EP, don't get me wrong. My gripe is that they are not playing for the Kings. The team is full of other provinces players, my question is why is that, why give us all this talk about the talent there and then going and buying players from other unions and countries.

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-31 16:49

      Steve, daar is reeds heelwat swart, gekleurde en wit talent wat uit Oos Kaap kom. Hulle speel ongelukkig elders. Die huidige talent in die provinsie is nog te rou en moet eers ontwikkel word voordat hulle kan SR speel. Onthou, Kings het net n jaar om hulself te bewys. Ek stel voor hou n ogie volgende jaar op hul Vodacom Cup span. Maar om daai ouens te hou in die provinsie, het die Kings die geelwortel van SR nodig.

      alex.hartzenberg - 2012-10-31 20:21

      Some players with Kings background: Sharks Tim Whitehead - Port Elizabeth Keegen Daniel - Humansdorp Paul Jordaan - Somerset East Lwazi Mvovu - Umtata Odwa Ndungane - Umtata Gouws Prinsloo - East London Ryan Kankowski - Port Elizabeth Lubabalo Mtembu - King Williams Town Steven Sykes - Middleburg Bulls: Jacques Potgieter - Port Elizabeth Nic Groom - King Williams Town Bjorn Basson - King Williams Town JJ Engelbrecht - Port Elizabeth Ryno Gerber - Port Elizabeth Akona Ndungane - Umtata Dewald Potgieter - Port Elizabeth Jan Serfontein - Port Elizabeth Deon Stegmann - Cradock Jano Vermaak - Graaf Reinet Stormers: Schalk Burger - Port Elizabeth Siya Kolisi - Port Elizabeth Scarra Ntubeni - East London Kurt Coleman - Port Elizabeth Lions: Lionel Mapoe - Port Elizabeth Bandise Maku - King Williams Town Elton Janties - Graaf Reinet Michael Killian - Uitenhage

  • lerato.mnizi - 2012-10-31 13:49

    I will NEVER support the kings as long as the Watson's are involved!

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-31 15:22

      thats terrible news

  • - 2012-10-31 13:51

    not a fan of the Kings and how they were setup. but i like the players and wud love to see them perform against Aus and NZ teams! catch 22?

  • BoyvandieSuburbs - 2012-10-31 14:09

    "Poach"??? Hardly.

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-31 14:14

    maybe the kings should throw money at fans.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 14:20

      Great Idea!! - 2012-10-31 14:42

      thumbs up!!! that ish works like a bomb!

      rudi.gerber.7 - 2012-10-31 18:41

      Rent-A-Crowd is actually bribery.

  • terence.v.byrne - 2012-10-31 14:22

    Guys ganna go nowhere bad career move , ganna play super rugby in a loosing team , an play division 1 currie cup rugby , not good for both players if they have bok ambitions , an esp Catrakilis as he has lot of talent an ganna get wasted.

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-31 15:23

      Terence, the Kings havent even played a game and you are predicting things you have a glass ball? Give them a chance first then open your mouth - 2012-10-31 16:13

      @luke, the kings are a loser team with the Watsons involved. breaking promises of developing local talent. if they had honoured that promises, i would have given them more credit. and dont come with this BS that they need the experience for S15. Watsons said they can compete with local talent, so they should keep to that. anyway, Catrikalis made a bad move in my opinion and should have made a u turn on the Kings decision. Lions all the way!!!!

      adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-31 23:33

      @rene you missed the comma after "nowhere" and before "bad"....oh shock and horror!

  • daniel.j.moss.7 - 2012-10-31 14:31

    I would like to know the amount Kings are paying there players to have so many move over.... where exactly are Kings recieving there income from?

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-31 15:11


      luke.sportify - 2012-10-31 15:24

      SARU/Sponsors/Proposed money from TV rights

  • bester.riaan.3 - 2012-10-31 14:32

    Good luck to them,playing under the Watson/Pamba-Roadshow can't and wont be easy for them.SARU is already throwing money at/to/for the Kings,it seems that there's to much of it in EP and WP!!!!!!!!!!

  • jeff.summers.16100 - 2012-10-31 14:33

    What about developing the Eastern Cape talent like you said Cheeky? Well in the end DC will get more game time with the kings. I hope he is strong enough to survive all to games they are going to lose...

      luke.sportify - 2012-10-31 15:26

      @ Jeff as posted earlier 57 and EC players are currently playing in Super Rugby Now EP can develop them and keep them Are EP meant to develop the players between August when given the go ahead and Feb next year? please think before commenting on here...

      ryan.p.lewis.56 - 2012-10-31 16:08

      Thank you Luke, finally someone with logic. Development does not happen at the snap of your fingers.Thats like saying SARU should just make the Springboks 100% black and say we are transformed. Development and transformation is a PROCESS. Please use your head before making idiotic comments.

      steve.impala.75 - 2012-10-31 16:38

      Luke and Ryan, you don't develop players in Super Rugby! I am sorry, you need to be developed already before you atempt that degree of opposition.

      ryan.p.lewis.56 - 2012-10-31 16:50

      Does Australia have a domestic league?? Could be wrong, but dont believe they do. They use Super rugby to develop players.

  • pierre.scharneck - 2012-10-31 15:35

    These people are professionals, there are no poaching involved. What is interesting to see sometimes is where the players finished their schooling. I got this list from a website and found it to be interesting. I hope it is not too long! Willem Alberts -LIONS Arno Botha -LIMPOPO BULLS Schalk Brits -WP Pat Cilliers -SHARKS Marcell Coetzee -SHARKS Juan de Jongh -WP Jean de Villiers - WP Jannie du Plessis -CHEETAHS Eben Etzebeth -WP Francois Hougaard - WP Elton Jantjies -LIONS Zane Kirchner - SWD EAGLES Juandré Kruger - WP Pat Lambie - SHARKS Francois Louw - WP Lionel Mapoe - CHEETAHS Tendai Mtawarira - ZIMBABWE Lwazi Mvovo -BORDER Ruan Pienaar - CHEETAHS JP Pietersen -PUMAS Chiliboy Ralepelle- BULLS Raymond Rhule ( -CHEETAHS Gurthrö Steenkamp - WP Morné Steyn - CHEETAHS Adriaan Strauss - CHEETAHS Jaco Taute - LIONS CJ van der Linde - CHEETAHS Flip van der Merwe - CHEETAHS Franco van der Merwe - LEOPARDS Jano Vermaak - FALCONS Duane Vermeulen - PUMAS

      ruhan.vandermerwe - 2012-10-31 15:53

      as far as i know JP Pietersen is from cape town as well, but the list is definitely food for thought

      pierre.scharneck - 2012-10-31 16:00

      He was born there Ruhan, but finished his schooling in Mpumalanga.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-31 20:56

      Just 2 Bulls on that list? Eish.....

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-31 20:57

      cheetahs have a ton of people there, damn.

      adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-31 23:28

      dan is heyneke meyer toe al die tyd vals beskuldig, die arme man is 'n closet cheetah!

  • markvonbentheim - 2012-10-31 16:59

    funny how the Kings, who were meant to develop the game in the eastern cape are pretty much dropping all of their current players to bring in players. And there will more than likely be a call up for Demetri to the bok squad next year .. Meyer likes picking players from those teams that don't win anything.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-10-31 17:31

    No matter who they buy,they will be the whipping boys of Super Rugby. Reason being they are there for the money and not pride.To win the Super Rugby you got to play your heart out,Blood,Sweat and Tears. Guaranteed,most of these players will be on the injured list ASAP.

  • adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-31 23:25

    praat van jouself 'n griek in die sak koop! as die kings darem currie cup kon speel was dit 'n goeie kopie, maar in super rugby gaan die seun verdrink, veral met die res van die kings spelers rondom hom wat hom nog dieper die water gaan indruk!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-31 23:27

    Will the Kings have any players from the Eastern Cape in their side?

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-01 09:56

    did he finish school?

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