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Greek God set for Kings return

Talks on to bring flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis back to Port Elizabeth


Ace goal-kicker Demetri Catrakilis,  known to fans as the “ Greek God”, is set to return to the Isuzu Southern Kings to give the struggling team a boost.
Overseas sources say talks between the pivot and Kings officials are at an advanced stage and that Catrakilis is expected to line up for the Port Elizabeth side in next season’s Guinness PRO14.
Catrakilis was one of the stars of the Kings team in 2013, before he left for Europe to play for French Top 14 side Montpellier and English Premiership side Harlequins.
The 29-year-old would be a vital asset for the Kings who have often lacked a general to dictate play during a miserable campaign that has seen them win only two of their 19 matches.
In another move, Lions centre Howard Mnisi arrived at the Kings for a medical trial on Monday.
“We will go through all the usual processes regarding the Mnisi’s trial,” Kings high performance director Robbi Kempson said.
In 2016, Mnisi was included in a South Africa 'A' squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.
He was named in the starting line-up for their first match in Bloemfontein, but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.
Mnisi was named on the bench for the second match of the series, coming on as a second-half replacement in a 29–26 defeat to the Saxons in George.
“Another player arriving at the Kings is Courtney Winnaar who we have signed from the Sharks,” Kempson said.
In 2016, Winnaar joined the EP Academy where he made a big impression and was included in the Madibaz Varsity cup squad.
He was also among a large contingent of youngsters that were included in the Eastern Province Kings squad for the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series.
The possibility of Catrakilis returning to Port Elizabeth will excite Kings fans.
In 2012, it was announced that he would join the Southern Kings prior to the 2013 season on a two-year deal.
He made his Super Rugby debut for them when the Kings played their first match in the Super Rugby competition against the Western Force in Port Elizabeth.
Catrakilis scored four penalties in the Kings' famous 22–10 victory over the Force.
He remained the first choice flyhalf for the Kings for the duration of the 2013 Super Rugby season, making 14 appearances in the competition and scoring 37 penalties, 14 conversions and a drop goal to finish with a tally of 142 points.
Catrakilis was largely responsible for helping the Kings to two away victories in their maiden season. He was struggling with an injury and demoted to the bench for their match against the Brumbies in Canberra, but came on as a substitute in the 76th minute of the match.
A try from number eight Cornell du Preez three minutes into injury time pulled the score back to 28–26 to the Brumbies and Catrakilis converted the subsequent conversion to secure a 28–28 draw.
Their next match also ended in dramatic fashion when a Wimpie van der Walt try and subsequent Catrakilis conversion from the corner tied the scores at 27–27 in the Kings' match against the Rebels in Melbourne.
However, three minutes into injury time, Catrakilis scored a drop goal for the Kings to clinch the match 30–27 and secure their first ever victory on foreign soil in their first Super Rugby season.
He also scored four conversions and two penalties in the Kings' 34–27 victory over the Highlanders in Port Elizabeth.

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