Saturday, 24 October 2020 13:19

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The Super Rugby Unlocked match between the Lions and Cheetahs scheduled for Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon has been called off in line with Covid-19 protocols.

The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.

The cancellation was triggered this morning following the results from a second batch of tests on Emirates Lions senior squad playing and coaching personnel, which revealed two further positive cases.

The players who tested positive and identified close contacts are isolating and quarantining according to Department of Health guidelines. The players are in good health and are being monitored by the team doctor.

If the fixture cannot be rescheduled, both teams will take two points.

The Vodacom Bulls match against the Sharks is unaffected and will continue as scheduled at 7pm at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Meanwhile the Stormers coach John Dobson has admitted his side was 'well beaten' despite their stunning come-from-behind victory over the Pumas last night.

As it happened, the Stormers found an extra gear in the final 20 minutes, getting themselves back into the contest through tries from Neethling Fouche, Bongi Mbonambi and Leolin Zas, before Warrick Gelant scored a controversial winner after receiving what appeared to be a forward pass from replacement lock JD Schickerling.

Speaking after the match, Dobson praised his side’s character to give themselves a chance of winning, but admitted the Pumas were the better side for most of the match.

Scorers in the match (half-time score in brackets):

Pumas 37 (30)

Tries: Neil Maritz (2), Jeandré Rudolph, Wayne van der Bank

Conversions: Eddie Fouche (2), Neil Marais (2)

Penalty goals: Eddie Fouche (3).

Stormers 42 (14)

Tries: Rikus Pretorius, Herschel Jantjies, Neethling Fouche, Bongi Mbonambi, Leolin Zas, Warrick Gelant.

Conversions: Tim Swiel (6).