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Thursday Jul 15, 2021

Unrest in South Africa causes the cancellation of more matches

Another two matches have been cancelled in South Africa due to the unrest that’s been going on and spreading throughout the country. This follows yesterday’s announcement of two other cancellations. 

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Riots and looting have gripped the country following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma, leading to horrific scenes of theft and general unrest.

Due to the situation now being experienced in Gauteng, two matches scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on Saturday have been cancelled or postponed.

The Carling Currie Cup Premier Division match between the Sigma Lions and the Toyota Cheetahs has been called off. A decision on the result and log points will be made at a later stage.

Furthermore, the Women’s First Division Final, between the Mastercard Golden Lions and Free State, also scheduled for Emirates Airline Park, has been postponed. A new date will be communicated in due course.

On Wednesday SA Rugby announced that two Carling Currie Cup Premier Division matches this weekend will be cancelled.

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

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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 last weekend, between the Sigma Lions and the Cell C Sharks (0-0 and four log points each).

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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