Posted on Monday, 28 Jun 2021
Injuries and a number of players and coaching staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 have forced the Toyota Cheetahs to cancel their planned match against the Bulls on Wednesday. The decision was taken in accordance with a directive from SA Rugby (SARU) and protocols for COVID-19. It is impossible to reschedule the match because of the tight fixtures programme. In terms of the rules, the Bulls will receive four points and the Toyota Cheetahs none.
A total of 21 players in the Toyota Cheetah squad are not available. Eleven players are in isolation or part of the return to play protocol. Seven are injured and three players are away on national duty. Four members of the coaching staff are in isolation. Injuries amongst junior players rule them out. As a result, the Cheetahs have only twenty players available. The obligatory four props are also not available.
Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs, says the recent match between the Cheetahs and Griquas have also affected Griquas because of contact with a COVID-19 positive Cheetah player. “It is sad and regrettable, but something that is out of our hands. We sincerely hope that our neighbouring province will have a full-strength team available on Saturday.”
“The Toyota Cheetahs would have loved to play and were ready until late on Monday. In the end, we had no choice but to cancel the match. It was the right and responsible thing to do, especially given the importance of the health of the players and the forthcoming test series between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions.”
The Toyota Cheetahs will play their next match on 9 July against the Pumas.