Southern Kings Flyhalf and top points scorer, Demitri Catrakalis, will miss the second promotion relegation game against the MTN Lions in Johannesburg after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, confirmed Catrakilis would be out for between four to six weeks.
“Demitri has sustained a similar injury to that of Steven Sykes earlier this season, which will see him out for between four and six weeks, which means he will not be up for contention for the second promotion relegation game,” said Solomons.
Catrakilis came off in the 57th minute of the game against the MTN Lions on Friday night.
The Lions took a big step towards reclaiming their Super Rugby status from the Southern Kings when they scored a 26-19 win in Port Elizabeth last week.
The Kings started strongly and swept onto the attack at the beginning of the game, but the Lions maintained their composure for the important win.
The teams scored two tries each, as the Lions played with 14 men for most of the final 10 minutes, but they took four valuable points away from their Round One encounter.
Kings captain Darron Nell admitted the bonus point was vital in their cause, especially after they went behind 14-26 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the match.
“We got to go up to Johannesburg and win by more than seven points,” Nell said, adding: “We know what we need to do and we have to plan accordingly.
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