Sharks-Pumas match cancelled due to unrest

Due to extraordinary circumstances, SA Rugby on Wednesday announced that two Currie Cup Premier Division matches this weekend will be cancelled.

The clash between the Sharks and Pumas, scheduled for Durban on Friday, has been called off due to unrest in KwaZulu-Natal, while Saturday’s match in Kimberley between Griquas and the Bulls is also off.

Although it has yet to be officially announced, a large contingent of Bulls players are currently in Cape Town preparing for a match against a South Africa A side to provide the Springboks with further game time ahead of the Test series against the British & Irish Lions.

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Tournament rules make provision for the cancellation of matches due to extraordinary circumstances and, as a result, the scores in both these matches will be noted as 0-0, with all four teams awarded four log points.

The same will apply to the match that was cancelled this past weekend, between the Sigma Lions and Cell C Sharks (0-0 and four log points each).

Saturday’s match between the Lions and Cheetahs in Johannesburg will take place.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said: “We are living in unusual times and while it’s never ideal to have to cancel matches, we had very little other options. We would like to thank the teams, sponsors, our broadcaster and other stakeholders for working together to find solutions to our challenges.”

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Craig Lewis