COVID-19 strikes again, and this time around it is the important Sharks v Stormers clash that have been cancelled.
The Sharks have players that tested positive which put the whole squad in immediate 10 day lock-down which means that the important match between them and the Stormers that was scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.
This follow the cancellation of last weekend Lions v Pumas match after Pumas players tested positive and had to go into isolation.
At this stage the Bulls v Pumas match has been shifted to Saturday but final confirmation will be given later in the week.
SA Rugby has cautioned players and management to practice stict COVID-compliance measures to minimise the risk of infection.
“Players and management are urged to employ extreme caution in their social engagement,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.
“It only takes one careless interaction by a single player to have the knock-on effect that impacts on 45 other players, team managements, the schedule and potentially the destination of the title.
“As fit young athletes it may be tempting to think that they are ‘immune’ to infection and are free of comorbidities that make them vulnerable. But a positive test for one of them can have massive repercussions.
“I trust that team managements will underline that message on a daily basis to their playing personnel.”
The Phakisa Pumas’ match against the Vodacom Bulls – scheduled for Friday evening in Pretoria – has been pushed back until Saturday, 21 November for player welfare reasons (kick-off confirmed for 14h00).
The Phakisa Pumas squad – which returned several positive tests last week – will be re-tested on Thursday. The results will be known on Friday, allowing time for a training session after 10 days in isolation before meeting the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday.