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PRO14 Rainbow Cup: Benetton into final as Ospreys game is cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak at Welsh club

Ospreys’ Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup fixture against Benetton has been cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Welsh club’s squad.

The cancellation means Benetton will now play the winners of the South African league in the final on June 19.

Ospreys have returned three positive Covid-19 results and all members of their squad and coaching staff are now in isolation.

PRO14 Rugby said in a statement: “As a result of the cancellation, Benetton Rugby have qualified for the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup final on June 19.

“Ospreys Rugby are working closely with Public Health Wales following the latest round of Covid-19 testing at the club, which returned three positive results.

“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 are now required to self-isolate in line with public health protocols.

“With no available weekends remaining, the game will not be rescheduled.

“As a result, PRO14 rugby will use the protocol decided prior to the 2020/21 season whereby a game that could not be rescheduled would result in that fixture deemed a 0-0 draw, but four match points would be awarded to the team who had not been the cause of the postponement.

“In this case, Benetton will receive four match points. This protocol ensures that no artificial scoring points were added to the tries/points for and against columns.

“Adding four points to Benetton’s current total of 18 will provide the Italian team with a final standing of 22 points. It is mathematically impossible for any other team in the table to win more than 20 points.”

Benetton, the only unbeaten side in the tournament with four wins, will go top of the European league on 22 points.

The Bulls are top of the South African league and need two points from their game against the Sharks on Saturday to book their place in the final.

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