Super League fixtures in doubt due to Covid protocols

Cases of Covid-19 have been identified within a number of Super League clubs which could put some of this weekend's fixtures in jeopardy.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 4:50 pm
Friday’s game between Huddersfield and Wigan is in serious doubt
Friday’s game between Huddersfield and Wigan is in serious doubt

Friday’s televised fixture between Leeds and St Helens is also doubt, it has emerged.

Saints announced a postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled preview press conference as they waited for Leeds to receive the results of Covid-19 tests.

With Huddersfield’s home game against Wigan also in grave doubt, it is thought Sky are considering switching their coverage to Warrington’s clash with Wakefield.

The PA news agency understands the Giants have reported at least five positive cases which would be enough to force them to close down training and take them to brink of postponing the round nine fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium.

A decision is thought to be imminent on what would have been Huddersfield’s first home game in front of fans for 15 months.

It will be the first fixture of the 2021 Super League campaign to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused havoc with the 2020 season and prompted the Rugby Football League to rule that league positions would be determined by win percentages.

The amended format was maintained for this season and extended to both the Championship and League 1 with the likelihood of more fixtures being postponed and unable to be re-arranged.

It is believed that more than one Super League club recorded positive tests in the latest round of testing, which has resulted in numerous stand-downs ahead of this weekend's action.

The number of stand-downs is already believed to be in double figures and that could be increased as further testing takes place during the week.

Saints are due to play Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on Friday, while the women's derby fixture this weekend against Wigan Warriors has already been called off due to a positive test in the St Helens' camp.

The Championship match between Halifax and Sheffield Eagles in May was postponed after two Eagles players returned positive tests and five more were forced to isolate under track and trace regulations.