The final round of the inaugural Super Rugby Unlocked tournament will take place this weekend – and the title is still up for grabs.
However, thanks to Covid-19, there could well be some controversy before the trophy is handed over.
QUESTION MARKS OVER BULLS’ FINAL MATCH
As it stands currently, the Bulls lead the standings by two points, but there are question marks over their Friday night clash against the Pumas at Loftus Versfeld.
This is due to the fact that last weekend’s match between the Lions and Pumas was called off at the last minute after a number of positive Covid-19 cases were reported in the Pumas’ camp.
Players who tested positive were required to quarantine for 10 days, meaning they won’t be available for Friday’s match in Pretoria.
Whether the Pumas have enough adequate replacements remains to be seen.
The worry for the Bulls is that SA Rugby cancels the match and both teams receive two points as a result – as was the case earlier in the season when the Lions v Cheetahs clash was cancelled for the same Covid-19 reason.
Two points would give the Bulls a four-point lead, but a five-point haul by either of the Stormers or Sharks would then see them clinch the title.
To make things even spicier, the Sharks and Stormers clash in Durban in the final match of the tournament and will know what needs to be done come kick-off.
MATCH OF THE WEEKEND IN DURBAN
Should all matches proceed as planned, Aimee Barrett-Theron will referee the match in Pretoria, with Rasta Rasivhenge and Cwengile Jadezweni her assistant referees. Marius van der Westhuizen will be on TMO duty.
The match is due to kick off at 19:00.
Saturday’s early match (16:30 kick-off) will see the Cheetahs host Griquas in Bloemfontein.
AJ Jacobs will be the man with the whistle and he will be assisted by Griffin Colby and Ben Crouse. Willie Vos will be in the TMO booth.
The match of the weekend will take place at Kings Park in Durban at 19:00 between the Sharks and Stormers.
Jaco Peyper has been entrusted with referee duties, and he will have Stuart Berry and Paul Mente running the touchlines. Marius Jonker will be the TMO.