The Warriors are awarded a 20-0 victory as the Sharks forfeit and miss play-offs following positive coronavirus tests.Embed from Getty Images
Worcester Warriors have been awarded a 20-0 victory over Sale Sharks after the Manchester club forfeited the tie.
The teams were due to clash in the Premiership but 27 people involved with the Sharks, including players and staff, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past eight days.
The match was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed to Wednesday before its cancellation.
Sale Sharks have issued a statement on their decision to forfeit the game:
The decision sees the Warriors unable to leapfrog Northampton Saints and gain a Champions Cup place.
Meanwhile, the Sharks lose out on a play-off place by just three points following their forfeit.
The Warriors were happy to agree with the Sharks’ decision. A club statement said:
“Worcester Warriors welcome the cancellation of tonight’s Gallagher Premiership match against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.
This is the right outcome for the safety of all players, staff and officials involved, although we do have sympathy for Sale that such an important match has been decided in this way.
“Sadly, we are playing rugby in the middle of a pandemic and in unprecedented circumstances.”