The PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between Stormers and Lions they were supposed to play at the Cape Town Stadium on saturday, it was canceled according to protocols Covid-19. SA Rugby announced in a statement that the decision was made on Friday after the positive results of the tests programmed in the equipment of the Lions.
“The decision was made as part of prescribed precautions recommended by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community,” the statement read.
As determined by the competition rules, the Stormers receive four points for the suspension of the game and places them in second place in the standings with 17 points. They are now one point ahead of Sharks, who host the tournament leaders Bulls in a game that will be a final in Durban. “The Lions have followed all protocols and have taken all necessary steps,” added SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
The Bulls arrive with a difference of 4 points to the duel against the Sharks, but the latter still have a slim chance of being able to achieve a place at the end of the tournament against Benetton in the grand final of the Rainbow Cup, North vs. South.
The Sharks, who have 16 points, they will have to win with a bonus point per try and, at the same time, make sure the Bulls return to Pretoria empty-handed if they want to reserve their place in the final without having to rely on tiebreakers.
Currently with 20 points, the Bulls They will qualify for the final if they can get a single bonus point in the match, given the gulf in the point difference between the top two. If teams finish with the same number of points in the table and with the same number of wins, several statistical tiebreakers will come into play, namely: point difference (currently Bulls +54, Sharks -14).
If the tie persists, the tries will be taken into account (Bulls 18, Sharks 17); the total number of points scored (Bulls 149, Sharks 131); try difference (Bulls +9, Sharks 0); fewer players suspended (0-0); fewer yellow cards (Sharks 5, Bulls 1); and if it’s still not resolved, a coin will be flipped.
Whoever finishes first will play Benetton in the final of the Rainbow Cup Pro 14.