Lions-Pumas clash called off due to Covid protocols

The Lions have had a second match impacted by Covid-19 protocols after this Saturday’s clash against the Pumas was postponed due to safety precautions.

Earlier in the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked competition, the Lions had to accept two log points after a match against the Cheetahs was unable to be re-scheduled after a Covid scare.

On Friday, it was also confirmed that the scheduled clash against the Pumas will not be able to take place as planned due to prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.

The decision was triggered on Friday following receipt of two further positive results from a second batch of tests after one player from the Pumas returned a positive result in scheduled testing earlier in the week.

Contact tracing protocols were followed which identified that all the infected players were engaged in a scrumming session. As a result, a number of the Pumas forwards have been placed in quarantine for 10 days.

The Pumas are scheduled to conclude their  Super Rugby Unlocked programme at Loftus Versfeld on 20 November. Plans are already being made to reschedule both Pumas’ matches against the Lions and Vodacom Bulls.

The Griquas match against the Sharks on Friday and the Stormers meeting with the Cheetahs on Saturday are unaffected.

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Craig Lewis