Global news – UA – Richard Agar: Super League reaches tipping point due to coronavirus


Leeds coach Richard Agar has called for strong Rugby Football League leadership as the conclusion of the Super League season threatens to sink into chaos

Two games scheduled for Friday have been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic and Agar says the competition is reaching a ‘tipping point’

Huddersfield’s clash with Castleford was called off after the Tigers reported 12 positive coronavirus cases following tests on Tuesday

Meanwhile, the game between Salford and Warrington is also put on hold after the Red Devils informed authorities they only have 13 players available for selection

While Salford has not cited any other positive tests, their situation is linked to having to play a four-game streak in 11 games due to game congestion caused by the crisis

Competition rules consider Warrington to win 24-0 due to canceled game, though matter has been referred to RFL’s compliance department for further consideration

The Castleford tests were carried out a day after being beaten by Leeds at Headingley, but there were no positive tests for the Rhinos, although four of their players will not play due to having to s isolate

Rhinos coach Agar said: “I think it looks like we are reaching the tipping point, we have to find the fairest way, we would hate to be in a position with the point system. percentage where teams try to find a match list We had to field underperforming teams in important games

« We are at a time when we need strong leadership and need to figure out what is best for the competition from now on »

Of four of his players now unavailable, he added: “We have had a number of players abandoned on track and trace and that will erase them from a very important clash for us.

« If they change format I don’t know if they will, that will exclude them from play-offs It’s extremely disappointing, I feel for those involved

« We’ve had a really tough schedule backlog, we’ve had young kids who came in from work, we’ve been super diligent. We think it’s been really tough for the guys who can’t play in what is such an important part of the season « 

In a statement, the RFL said: “The RFL and the Super League will today liaise with Public Health England, Castleford Tigers and the Tigers’ last opponents, Leeds Rhinos, before the Multiple Case Group breaks down. come together to review the data and then decide not

« The Super League and RFL are actively exploring all options and will make a new announcement as soon as possible »

Earlier this week, the Catalans Dragons were forced to cancel their scheduled game against Warrington in Perpignan after several of their players tested positive for the virus, raising concerns over their ability to complete the season

The latest developments also raise questions about the possibility of hosting the play-off semi-finals, scheduled for November 20, and the grand final at KCOM stadium in Hull a week later




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