The Super Rugby Unlocked title might be decided by Covid-19 this weekend.
So far two games have been impacted by the virus – the first was a called-off clash between the Lions and Cheetahs, with the two teams getting a share of the spoils as a result.
Last Friday, though, South African Rugby (Saru) sent out a statement saying a number of the Pumas forwards will be in a 10-day isolation period after coming into contact with a positive case.
Therefore, they “postponed” their match against the Lions, with Saru also explaining that they are making plans “to reschedule both Pumas’ matches against the Lions and Bulls”.
Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie didn’t take kindly to the suggestion after his team effectively lost two points after Lions players tested positive earlier in the campaign.
If Saru does decide to call off the Bulls game, it means the Pretoria outfit will lose their grip on the trophy. Currently two points above the Stormers in second and the Sharks in third, it means a bonus-point win in Durban for any side will be enough to claim the title.
Stormers coach John Dobson doesn’t want the help, though, and says: “Let’s say [the game gets cancelled and] we beat the Sharks – that’s not how you want to win it.
"If we beat the Sharks and the Bulls beat the Pumas, they won it fair and square. I wouldn’t want to win it because of a Covid case in Pretoria or something like that.”