Demetri Catrakilis slotted a drop
goal after the siren to hand the Southern Kings a last-gasp 30-27 win
over the Melbourne Rebels in their Super Rugby match on Saturday.
Rebels dominated possession and held a seven-point lead in the final
minutes but squandered their chance to close out victory with a series
of bumbling errors at Melbourne's AAMI Park stadium.
substitute Jordy Reid was sent off for collapsing a maul five minutes
before the whistle and the Kings capitalised moments later with another
fierce rolling maul that put flanker Wimpie van der Walt over the line.
slotted the conversion to level the score at 27-27 with three minutes
to play and Rebels fans groaned as winger Jason Woodward booted the ball
into touch on the restart to hand the Kings the scrum at the halfway
With the terraces at 'The Stockade' roaring, Catrakilis
found space and coolly slotted the drop goal from short range to secure
his side their second win of their debut season in the southern
"Just character, I think the boys showed a lot of fight today," Kings captain Andries Strauss said in a pitchside interview.
knew that if we got our hands on the ball we could score and win the
game. All credit to the boys, they fought hard and they deserve this
Catrakilis boot prolonged the Rebels' winless record against
South Africa sides since joining the southern hemisphere competition in
2011 and all but put paid to their playoff hopes.
dominated territory and led 27-17 with less than half an hour to play
when outside centre Mitch Inman scored their third try but they were
unable to find a killer blow and struggled with handling errors
The Kings, who stunned the competition-leading ACT
Brumbies with a last-gasp try to snatch a draw in Canberra last week,
shocked the Rebels with two tries in the opening 15 minutes to march out
to 14-0 lead.
Winger Ronnie Cooke crossed in the left corner
after nine minutes and scrumhalf Shaun Venter had the Kings' second when
he bamboozled a pair of Rebels defenders on a long sprint to the right
corner six minutes later.
The Rebels dragged themselves back in
the match through tries to hooker Ged Robinson and replacement back
Angus Roberts, with flyhalf James O'Connor slotting a tight conversion
kick on the halftime siren to put his team level at 17-17.
crossed for the Rebels in the corner after a sustained bout of pressure,
but O'Connor's conversion in the 53rd minute was to be the hosts' final
Catrakilis missed a regulation penalty goal with 10
minutes left to put his side within a try of victory but brilliantly
made amends by nervelessly slotting his last two kicks to get his team
over the line.
Rebels – Tries: Ged Robinson, Angus Roberts, Mitch Inman . Conversions: James O`Connor (3). Penalties: O`Connor (2)
Southern Kings– Penalty: Ronnie Cooke, Shaun Venter,
Wimpie van der Walt. Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis (3). Drop goal:
Catrakilis Penalties: Catrakilis (2) .
15. Richard Kingi, 14. Jason Woodward, 13. Mitch
Inman, 12. Rory Sidey, 11. Cooper Vuna, 10. James O'Connor, 9. Nick
Phipps, 8. Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 6. Luke
Jones, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 4. Hugh Pyle, 3. Paul Alo-Emile, 2. Ged
Robinson, 1. Nic Henderson
Substotues: 16. Shota Horie, 17.
Laurie Weeks, 18. Jordy Reid, 19. Jarrod Saffy, 20. Nick Stirzaker, 21.
Lachlan Mitchell, 22. Angus RobertsKings:
15 George Whitehead, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andries
Strauss (captain), 11 Ronnie Cooke, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8
Cornell du Preez, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Devin Oosthuizen, 5 Rynier
Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Grant Kemp, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Schalk
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques
Englebrecht, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Marcello Sampson, 22 Siviwe