Covid 19

Lions face Covid-19 crisis ahead of Cheetahs Super Rugby Unlocked clash

The Lions have become the first team to battle the spectre of Covid-19 after the union revealed yesterday that four of their players have tested positive for the virus.

2020-10-21 12:53:00 PM

The LionsRugbyCo have become the first team to battle the spectre of Covid19 after the union revealed that four of their players have tested positive for the virus. By FreemanZAR | IOLsport

The Lions have become the first team to battle the spectre of Covid-19 after the union revealed yesterday that four of their players have tested positive for the virus.

The statement continued that, despite the setback, the team was still preparing for their clash against the Cheetahs this weekend in Round 3 of Super Rugby Unlocked on Saturday afternoon.Another round of tests will be done before the fixture.The Lions have already lost Willem Alberts due to the Covid-19 concerns. Last week, the former Springbok withdrew from the team to enter self-isolation after coming into close contact with a positive case.

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The 'Bone Collector' is likely to miss Saturday's encounter, and possibly also next weekend's match against the Griquas, as he completes his quarantine period.It was not immediately apparent who the four players are who have tested positive for the virus, but a clearer picture should present itself on Thursday when the team announce their matchday squad to face the Cheetahs.

The Lions have already lost Willem Alberts due to the Covid-19 concerns. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency(ANA)Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has thus far not had to deal with many injury concerns or player unavailability. Only scrumhalf Dillon Smit has been fouled after sustaining a dislocated shoulder which has sidelined him for at least four months, while the aforementioned precaution of Alberts was more a minor annoyance than an actual impediment to his and the team's gameplan.

The Cheetahs, meanwhile, revealed earlier this week that former Springbok and their captain Ruan Pienaar will miss this weekend's match and quite possibly the rest of the season after injuring his medial cruciate ligament (knee) in last Friday's match against the Bulls.

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