The British & Irish Lions to play the Sharks again after postponement of Bulls encounter
Following the initial postponement of their match against the Bulls‚ the British & Irish Lions will now instead play a second match against the Sharks.
SA Rugby and the B & I Lions have agreed to replace the Bulls with the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday‚ kick-off 18h00‚ after the former was ruled out because of Covid-19 infections.
“The choice of the Sharks was dictated by the fact that they have been in a bubble‚ have returned negative tests throughout and were prepared to take on the fixture‚” said Jurie Roux‚ chief executive of SA Rugby.
The Lions will be hugely relieved to have opposition this weekend. They are desperate to get themselves battle ready before engaging the Springboks on 24 July. They have had it relatively easy in their opening two games.
The tourists beat the Sharks 54-7 at Ellis Park on Wednesday in the second match of their tour. They had opened their tour with a 56-14 victory over the Lions on Saturday.
“No other team in the country could meet those conditions right now – without going into a five-day lockdown. It is not an ideal situation‚ but Covid-19 has made sure that we do not live in an ideal world‚” said Roux.
The change has meant that the Sharks’ match against the Ellis Park based Lions in the Currie Cup on Saturday has been cancelled with a decision on the points allocation to be confirmed.
“We’re very grateful to the Sharks for agreeing to play us again this Saturday at Loftus Versfeld‚” said Ben Calveley‚ managing director for the British & Irish Lions.
“We have further Covid-19 testing scheduled for today and tomorrow. The results of those tests will determine whether we will be able fulfil this fixture‚ but‚ as it stands‚ we are optimistic.
“We remain committed to the tour in South Africa and determined to rise to the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Source: ARENA Holdings.