The Currie Cup match between the Cell C Sharks and the DHL Western Province due to take place on Saturday was cancelled after positive Covid-19 tests came up in the Sharks camp.
“The Carling Currie game between the DHL Western Province and the Cell C Sharks has been cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols. The decision was taken on Wednesday following a number of positive Covid-19 tests affecting the Cell C Sharks team,” SA Rugby said in a statement on Wednesday.
SA Rugby added that the game, which was due to be played at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, will be declared a draw and the teams will each receive two points.
Following the cancellation, the DHL Western Province will finish the pool stage of the competition on 37 points, while the Cell C Sharks will move up to third place on 35 points.
The cancellation of the game is a stark reminder of the challenges the country is facing in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the other two matches between the Tafel Lager Griquas and the Toyota Cheetahs in Kimberley, and the Phakisa Pumas against the Vodacom Bulls in Nelspruit remain unaffected.
The DHL Western Province and the Cell C Sharks will need to wait for the conclusion of the aforementioned games, and another between the Vodacom Bulls and the Xerox Lions, to know who they will face the semi-finals and where these matches will be hosted.
The final of the tournament is set to take place on January 23.