Covid call-off dashes Glasgow’s Rainbow Cup Final hopes

Cancellation of Saturday's Ospreys versus Benetton game means that the Italian will finish top of the 'Northern' Conference

Glasgow Warriors' season is over after their chances of reaching the Rainbow Cup Final were shot down by a Covid outbreak in the Ospreys camp. Image: Craig Watson
Glasgow Warriors' season is over after their chances of reaching the Rainbow Cup Final were shot down by a Covid outbreak in the Ospreys camp. Image: Craig Watson

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.


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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.

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7 Comments

  1. Whilst disappointed for Glasgow I can’t help but smile that Treviso will be representing the northern conference. They are a decent team and have given a reasonable account of themselves in the champions cup previously against good opposition. Hopefully this is something they and Italian rugby can build on.
    Taking off my rose tinted glasses however, having watched all the southern conference games, I think the Bulls will put them away without raising a sweat. Aggressive and powerful up front with some pacy backs, especially on the wings, I think the Bulls will give the British and Irish Lions a bit of a game never mind Treviso. Just a pity Duane Vermeulen is injured and has just undergone surgery as playing in the inaugural rainbow cup final and against the lions would be a fitting sign off for a great player.

    • SA teams that make the final won’t have access to Bok players sadly, they’re withdrawn to take part in the squad preparations for their warm up games against Georgia.

  2. I have to say this is all a bit tiresome. The different decisions being made as regards Covid is annoying. The France game being the case in point.

  3. Disappointing but not devastating, for it is after all the Rainbow Cup. More important is the great form Glasgow have shown of late, doing the derby double, smashing the Dragons and beating Pro 14 champions Leinster. With a great crop of youngsters coming through,it’s looking good for next year.

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