The PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers, scheduled for Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, has been cancelled in line with COVID-19 protocols.
The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.
The decision to call off the Lions and the Stormers was triggered on Friday following receipt of positive results from scheduled testing of the Lions squad. As determined by the competition rules, the Stormers will be awarded four log points because of the cancellation.
The decision does not affect the permutations of which team between the Sharks and the Bulls will progress to the Rainbow Cup final in Italy next Saturday.
▲ The cancellation does, however, have the potential of relegating the Sharks to third position if the Bulls should win and not allow the Durban side (currently on 16 log points, one behind the Stormers who have completed their fixtures) more than a bonus point in their clash tomorrow.
The Stormers have a superior points difference.
The permutations needed for the Sharks and Bulls clash to progress to the final are discussed elsewhere on this site.
▲ “The Emirates Lions have followed all protocols and taken all the appropriate steps,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.
“While the cancellation is unfortunate, their approach ensures that the risk of cancellation of their match against the British & Irish Lions in the Castle Lager Lions Series on 3 July is well managed.”
Issued by SA Rugby Communications, with additions by Varia staff