Demetri Catrakilis

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Demetri Catrakilis
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Personal information
Nickname The Greek God
Born (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 27)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
School(s) attended St John's College
University University of Johannesburg
University of Cape Town
Club information
Playing position Fly-Half
Current club Montpellier
Youth career
2006–2008 Golden Lions
2009–2010 Racing Métro 92
Amateur team(s)
Years Team
2011 UCT Ikey Tigers 9 (136)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2011–2012 Western Province 34 (425)
2013 Kings 15 (151)
2013–2015 Western Province 24 (245)
2014–2015 Stormers 24 (214)
2015–present Montpellier 28 (313)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 25 September 2016.

† Appearances (Points).

Demetri Catrakilis (born (1989-07-06)6 July 1989) is a South African rugby union player, of Greek and Cypriot origin, who plays for French Top 14 side Montpellier. He previously played for the Stormers and the Kings in Super Rugby, for Western Province in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competition and for the UCT Ikey Tigers in the Varsity Cup.

Early career[edit]

School[edit]

Catrakilis attended St John's College in Johannesburg where he played for the first team as a 15-year-old and went on to captain the first team in his final school year.[1]

Golden Lions[edit]

He represented the Golden Lions Under-18 team in the 2007 Academy Week as their first-choice fly half. He was then chosen to represent the Golden Lions U19 team for the 2008 Under-19 Provincial Championship. He helped the Golden Lions reach the semi-finals of the competition, where they lost 25–28 to the Sharks U19.[2]

Racing Métro 92[edit]

Following Catrakilis' Under-19 Provincial Championship season with the Golden Lions, he then joined the youth team of French Top 14 side Racing Métro 92, where he enjoyed a brief stint with the Under-23 squad in 2009, before returning home to South Africa.

Varsity Cup[edit]

He played for the UCT Ikey Tigers during the 2011 Varsity Cup after a season for Western Province Super League club False Bay. He was the highest point scorer of the tournament with 136 points[3] in his debut Varsity Cup season,[4] helping the Ikey Tigers to win their first Varsity Cup. They beat UP Tuks 26–16 in the final[5] with Catrakilis picking up the Man of the Match award.

Professional career[edit]

2011 : Western Province[edit]

After the successful Varsity Cup, Catrakilis was drafted into the Western Province Vodacom Cup team for their quarter-final loss to the Sharks XV in 2011 Vodacom Cup.[6]

He got his chance to play in the first week of the 2011 Currie Cup Premier Division season against the Griquas and came off the substitutes' bench in the last minute to make his Currie Cup debut.[7] Due to injures in the fly-halves position at Western Province, Catrakilis was chosen to start the following week against the Leopards in Potchefstroom. He marked his starting debut by scoring 22 points as Western Province won the match 47–9.[8] He remained as the starting fly-half throughout the season of Western Province's Currie Cup season.

He won the ABSA Currie Cup Player of the Month for August[9] and also delivered a Man of the Match performance against the then-unbeaten and eventual champions Golden Lions in a 28–26 win in Round Six of the competition with a 100% kicking success rate and a drop goal.[10] He eventually scored a total of 150 points with the boot and helped Western Province reach the semi-finals. His performances saw him awarded the Western Province Club's Player of the Year.[11]

2012 : Western Province[edit]

After being left out of the squad for the Stormers in Super Rugby, he continued his career in the 2012 Vodacom Cup with Western Province, helping them win the tournament and going through the season unbeaten. Catrakilis finished second on the top-point scorer's list with 127 points in the competition[12] and also scoring the winning conversion in the final against the Griquas.[13][14] In November 2012, he was awarded with the Vodacom Cup player of the year award for his successful campaign.[15]

After the Vodacom Cup, Catrakilis was retained as the first-choice fly-half for Western Province for their 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division campaign. He had a starring role in the final against the Sharks at Kings Park, where he kicked three penalties and slotted two drop kicks – one with each foot – in the final quarter of the game, to help Western Province to win the match 25–18[16] to win their first Currie Cup title since 2001. He accumulated a total 136 points during the 2012 season.[17]

2013 : Southern Kings[edit]

In August 2012, it was announced that he would join the Kings prior to the 2013 season on a two-year deal.[18] He was subsequently named in the Kings' squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season[19] and made his Super Rugby debut for them on 23 February 2013, when the Southern Kings played their first ever match in the Super Rugby competition against the Force in Port Elizabeth.[20] Catrakilis scored four penalties in the Kings' historical 22–10 victory over the Force.

He remained the first choice fly-half for the Kings for the duration of the 2013 Super Rugby season, making fourteen appearances in the competition and scoring 37 penalties, 14 conversions and a drop goal to finish with a tally of 142 points. He also started the first leg of the 2013 Super Rugby Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs against the Lions,[21] scoring three penalties.

He was largely responsible for helping the Kings to two away victories in their maiden season. On 5 April 2013, he was struggling with an injury and demoted to the bench for their match against the Brumbies in Canberra,[22] 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 very 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.[23] 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.[24] This was the only time the Kings got a bonus point win during the 2013 season.

2013 : Return to Western Province[edit]

After the Kings lost their Super Rugby status in the 2013 Super Rugby Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs against the Lions, Catrakilis returned to Western Province, signing a two-year deal with the Cape Town team.[25] Despite being injured for the opening rounds of the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division, he returned to Western Province squad for their match against Griquas.[26] He played off the bench in the match against Griquas,[27] as well as against the Free State Cheetahs the following week, where he scored a match-winning drop goal in a 29–27 victory.[28] He returned to the starting line-up for the Western Province for the remaining two matches of the regular season to guide his team to the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division semi-finals. He scored a try and kicked 17 points in their 33–16 victory over the Golden Lions in the semi-final,[29] but ended up on the losing side in the final – the first in Cape Town since 2001 – as the Sharks ran out 33–19 winners.[30]

2014 : Stormers[edit]

In 2014, Catrakilis was selected for in the Stormers squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season. He made his debut in the away loss to the Lions at Ellis Park in the Stormers opening match of the tournament.[31] The Stormers then hosted the Hurricanes at Newlands, where Catrakilis kicked the winning conversion in the final moments of the match in a 19-18 win.[32] He made appearances in the remainder of the competition and, although a nose break ruled him out for a number of weeks, he finished the competition with 44 points.[33]

2014 : Western Province[edit]

Catrakilis was handed the number 10 jersey at the start of the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division competition and he helped Western Province to victories in all ten matches that he started. Western Province finished the regular season of the competition at the top of the log, securing home advantage in both the semi-final and the final, with Catrakilis contributing a personal points tally of 39 points. Western Province reached the 2014 Currie Cup final after a 31–23 win over the Blue Bulls in a semi-final at Newlands, with Catrakilis contributing 16 points from the kicking tee.[34] Jaco Taute scored Western Province's only try of the match, with Catrakilis converting the try and kicking four penalties as Western Province won the match 19–16[35] to win the 2014 Currie Cup, their second Currie Cup title in three years.[36] Catrakilis' performance was awarded with the ABSA Man of the Match award.[36] He ended the campaign as the joint-top point scorer alongside the Blue Bulls' Jacques-Louis Potgieter with 123 points.[37]

2015 : Stormers[edit]

The Stormers built on Western Province's Currie Cup success by finishing the 2015 Super Rugby season as South African Conference Winners. They were eliminated in the playoffs following a 19–39 loss to the Brumbies at Newlands.[38] Catrakilis finished the season as the top South African points scorer with 170 points, converting 62 of his 71 attempts at goal to finish with an 87% success rate.[33]

2015 : Western Province[edit]

Catrakilis started the first four of Western Province's matches in the 2015 Currie Cup Premier Division and made a further three appearances off the bench – scoring 53 points in his seven appearances – before being released by Western Province to take up a contract with Montpellier.[39]

Montpellier[edit]

In January 2015, Catrakilis signed a contract to join French Top 14 side Montpellier to link up with former South African World Cup winning head coach Jake White.[40]

International career[edit]

On 22 May 2013, he was selected for a Springboks training camp prior to a Quadrangular test series featuring Italy, Scotland and Samoa.[41] Subsequently, Catrakilis was also included in a Springbok training camp leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[42][43]

Honours and records[edit]

UCT Ikey Tigers[edit]

Western Province[edit]

Kings[edit]

After the 2013 Super Rugby season, Catrakilis held the following records for the franchise:

  • Most points in a match: 15 (achieved twice – vs Rebels[23] and Cheetahs)[44]
  • Most conversions in a match: 4 (vs Highlanders)[24]
  • Most penalties in a match: 5 (vs Cheetahs)[44]
  • Most drop goals in a match: 1 (vs Rebels)[23]
  • Most points in a season: 142[45]
  • Most conversions in a season: 14
  • Most penalties in a season: 37
  • Most drop goals in a season: 1

Stormers[edit]

  • 2015 Super Rugby season: Joint all-time record holder for most consecutive successful goal attempts – 28[46]
  • 2015 Super Rugby season: South African Conference winners[47]
  • 2015 Super Rugby: Top South African points scorer[48]

Montpellier[edit]

Statistics[edit]

As of 6 August 2015
First class career
Season Teams Super Rugby Currie Cup Vodacom Cup Other Total
Apps Pts Apps Pts Apps Pts Apps Pts Apps Pts
2011 Western Province 11 150 1 9 1 3 13 162
2012 Western Province 11 136 10 127 21 263
2013 Kings / Western Province 14 142 6 69 1 9 21 220
2014 Stormers / Western Province 8 44 11 123 19 167
2015 Stormers / Western Province 16 170 7 53 23 223
Total 38 356 46 531 11 136 2 12 97 1035

Football[edit]

Catrakilis was also a talented footballer at youth level; in 2005, he was selected for an Invitational South Africa team that played in the Brazil Cup.[51] and he also spent 2007 with South African Premier Soccer League team Moroka Swallows before choosing to pursue a career in rugby union rather than football.

A video which became a hit with the rugby and football public was released by the Stormers which displayed Catrakilis mixing his Football and Rugby skills.[52]

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