Well, it comes as no surprise. With ten teams, all with enlarged players personnel, in a bubble in Pretoria, the pandemic was almost certain to have an influence on the Varsity Cup competition
And, unfortunately, it could influence the competition’s outcome.
The match between unbeaten Ikeys and second-placed Tuks on Friday has been cancelled. They each get a share of the match points with the result declared a 0-0 draw after three Tukkies players couldn’t pass their Covid test.
This decision is in line with the Varsity Cup by-laws.
The three Tukkies players have been removed from the Varsity Cup Village at the Tuks High Performance Centre together with their roommates and other close contacts.
It is obviously a huge setback for second-placed Tuks, four points behind Ikeys on the log, who won’t be able to make use of these six (or more?) players going forward.
Tuks are, with the ‘draw’ now only three and four points ahead of Maties and CUT respectively, who both have a match in hand.
There is no chance that the game can be rescheduled and fit into the third Varsity Cup bubble because of the short turn-around of three rounds between 10 and 13 May. The semi-finals are on 21 May and the final on 24 May.
▲ Because of this match’s cancellation, the match between UWC and UJ which had been scheduled for 15:00 at Loftus has been rescheduled for 17:00