GLASGOW WARRIORS’ hopes of reaching the Rainbow Cup Final have been derailed by a Covid outbreak in the Ospreys squad, meaning that the Welsh region’s final pool game against Benetton which was supposed to be played this coming Saturday has been cancelled.
Warriors sat top of the ‘Northern’ conference (which is the requirement for qualifying for the final) after beating Leinster in their final pool match last weekend, but were only one point ahead of Benetton, who still had the Ospreys game to play. Munster were also in the frame, four points behind Edinburgh and three points behind Ospreys going into their final match away to Zebre.
Now, with no available weekends remaining, the Ospreys versus Benetton game will not be rescheduled, meaning that it will be deemed a 0-0 draw, but with four match points being awarded to the team who had not been the cause of the postponement. That means Benetton leapfrog ahead of Glasgow in the table, and it is now mathematically impossible for Munster to catch them.
The decision to cancel the game is a result of the mandate from Public Health Wales that all individuals who were part of the travelling party from the previous fixture away to Connacht last Friday are now required to self-isolate in-line with public health protocols.
The final has been scheduled to be played at Stadio Comunale Di Monigo – coincidentally Benetton’s home ground in Treviso – against the winner of the South African conference of the Rainbow Cup on Saturday 19th June.