By Yoan Leshauriès (with AFP)
The Toulouse – Cardiff and Leicester – UBB matches scheduled for this Saturday on the occasion of the 4th day of the European Cup have been canceled due to Covid-19 contamination in the Toulouse and Bordeaux ranks
The EPCR finally decided. After deciding Toulouse’s green carpet defeat against Cardiff (0-28) due to a large number of positive Covid-19 cases in the Toulouse ranks, the European body made the same decision concerning the match. Leicester – Union Bordeaux-Bègles scheduled for this Saturday (4:15 p.m.) in England during the 4and Champions Cup day. Also having several positive cases of Covid-19 in its ranks, the Girondin club is therefore forfeited (28-0).
Guaranteed to finish in the top 8 of Pool B following Stade Toulousain’s withdrawal (7 points in total), UBB (8 points) is also qualified for the 8and final, without even having to wait for the result of Castres (3 points) on the ground of the Arlequins this Friday (9 p.m.).
Most of the UBB players were ready to set up on Friday morning in Moga, before flying out at 2 p.m., but the whole squad was called back to the locker room. Indeed, the tests carried out a few minutes earlier revealed several positive cases for Covid-19 in the Girondin ranks. The club, which did not recommend communicating on the number of players affected, immediately informed the EPCR of the situation and the European body decided to cancel the match.
Toulouse crosses its fingers
This Friday at the beginning of the afternoon, the EPCR had decided to cancel the match of Toulouse against Cardiff by giving lost match to Toulouse. “The risk of additional contamination having been deemed too great, it was unfortunately decided to cancel the match. As a result, the Cardiff Rugby club was awarded the Pool A match 28-0 with five ranking points, in accordance with the tournament regulations,” said EPCR (European professional club rugby). in a press release.
The president of Stade Toulousain Didier Lacroix cried “injustice” concerning this decision which deprives his team of a chance to comfortably ensure their qualification for the knockout stages. Before the start of the 4th day of the group stage, the five-time European champion is in 7th place and must finish in the top eight of group B to access the next stage.
Castres, the Wasps, the Stade Français and the Scarlets can still mathematically pass him, but it will take a disaster scenario for Toulouse to be eliminated. The Haut-Garonne management did not wish to communicate the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in its ranks, nor the identity of the contaminated players, but several French internationals, normally holders, did not appear in the composition decided for the meeting: Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka and Anthony Jelonch.