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Lions v Pumas match falls to COVID-19

Lions v Griquas Super Rugby Unlocked Round 4

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 30: Gianni Lombard of the Lions is tackled during the Super Rugby Unlocked match between Emirates Lions and Tafel Lager Griquas at Emirates Airline Park on October 30, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Super Rugby Unlocked match between the  Lions and Pumas scheduled for  Saturday has been postponed in line with COVID-19 protocols.

The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.

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The intention is to reschedule the match as soon as possible.

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 ten 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 Bulls.

The Griquas match against the Sharks tonight (Friday, 13 November) and the Stormers meeting with the Cheetahs tomorrow (Saturday, 14 November) are unaffected.

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