Each of final weekend’s Problem Cup finalists have been pressured to postpone their Super League fixtures this weekend as Covid-19 outbreaks proceed to wreak havoc on rugby league.
4 days after St Helens beat Castleford Tigers at Wembley each finalists have been pressured to face down from their respective fixtures in opposition to Hull Kingston Rovers and Catalans Dragons after seven or extra of their 25 highest-paid gamers have been required to isolate as a consequence of both a optimistic Covid take a look at or being recognized as a detailed contact of a optimistic case.
The Guardian understands that there’s rising concern behind the scenes on the Rugby Soccer League over the prospect of finishing this season, as excessive an infection charges in the neighborhood proceed to permeate into Tremendous League squads. Fifteen fixtures have been postponed or cancelled already in 2021, with 9 nonetheless ready to be rearranged for a later date.
The Tremendous League desk is being decided on win share versus factors this season, however golf equipment should play not less than 18 fixtures to qualify for the play-offs. There may be an growing danger that some golf equipment might now fail to succeed in that threshold, resulting in doubts over the integrity of the rest of the marketing campaign.
Hull Kingston Rovers, who’ve suffered extra postponements than another facet this season, have agreed to journey to Perpignan on Saturday to tackle Catalans at brief discover and fill the void left by Castleford after their journey to St Helens was cancelled. Leigh’s recreation with Warrington on Thursday has additionally been scrapped as a consequence of a Covid outbreak among the many Warrington squad.
“The rising variety of postponements, whereas reflecting the prevalence of Covid-19 in society, is a significant concern for Rugby League as for different sports activities,” stated Karen Moorhouse, the RFL’s chief regulatory officer. “In that context, Hull KR’s willingness to rearrange their away match in opposition to Catalans Dragons is an instance of the pliability that served the game so properly by 2020, and which can be required over the approaching weeks and months.”
With many gamers within the competitors nonetheless unvaccinated, the concern internally is that the scenario might worsen. Rhodri Jones, Tremendous League chief business officer, stated: “I want to thank Hull KR for his or her willingness to accommodate a late fixture change to this week’s schedule and serving to to make sure a recreation goes forward in Perpignan.”