The pandemic does not stop giving its tail and this time, without wanting it or drinking it, the one who linked it was Matías Alemanno who was as a starter in the second line of Gloucester on the last date and was going to measure with Northampton. It was finally decided to suspend the game as the Saints played their last game with Sale and there was an outbreak of 22 positive cases of coronavirus in the Sharks, which put the majority of the Northampton squad in isolation.
With this arrangement Gloucester wins the match 20-0 And in this way both teams for now arrive in seventh and eighth position and both achieve a place in the 2020/21 Champions Cup that this year increased the quota from 20 to 24 teams. Worcester is five points behind Northampton and could match it by beating Sale in the game that was postponed until Wednesday. The Saints have -109 in point difference and the Warriors -200 so they would have to win by a landslide to dream of the European tournament. However, they are faced with some Sharks who need the win to enter the semifinals.
In a statement on the club’s website, Northampton Executive Director Mark Darbon clarified that “It is with deep frustration that we can confirm that the scheduled 22nd Premiership match against Gloucester on Sunday 4 October in Kingsholm will not take place. As a result of a large number of positive COVID-19 tests at Sale Sharks, several of our players must isolate themselves after close contact during the game against Sale on Tuesday night. “
“As soon as we became aware of the situation, we asked for permission to register players on loan beyond the normal deadline so that we could try to complete the match. We were informed that it would not be granted. We are very disappointed that our season ends this way; a coronavirus outbreak at another Premiership club left us no choice but to lose our match, ”the club lamented.
“So far, none of our players have symptoms and, when necessary, they continue to follow all guidelines to isolate themselves,” the Saints statement concluded.