Glasgow Warriors could suffer 28-0 defeat after Lyon game canceled

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The Glasgow Warriors lost to the Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup on Sunday.  Photo: David Rogers / Getty Images
The Glasgow Warriors lost to the Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup on Sunday. Photo: David Rogers / Getty Images

The teams were due to meet in Scotstoun on Saturday, but the match was called off as 20 Glasgow players self-isolated after several Exeter Chiefs players and staff tested positive for Covid-19. The Warriors played Exeter on Sunday.

The Chiefs’ game against Toulouse this weekend has also been called off.

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In the absence of space in the calendar to reschedule matches, the organizers of the European Professional Club Rugby tournament will convene a match resolution panel to decide the outcome of the matches once all four clubs have submitted their test results.

Glasgow and Exeter are now sweating over the panel’s decision which is expected to be known by the weekend.

The Warriors lost 42-0 at Sandy Park on Sunday and if they were to suffer another loss it would almost certainly ruin their hopes of reaching the Champions Cup quarter-finals. A loss would also hamper Exeter, who won the tournament last season.

Glasgow has been robust in its Covid tests and would have the right to file a complaint if the EPCR awards the match to Lyon.

A statement released by Glasgow read: ‘A total of 20 Glasgow Warriors players from Matchday 23 in Exeter last Sunday have now self-isolated after several Exeter Chiefs players and staff tested positive for Covid-19.

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“Upon discovery, the Glasgow Warriors immediately consulted with Public Health Scotland to determine this outcome and have the support of the Scottish Rugby Threat Management Group.

“With a significant number of self-isolating players and a long list of injuries, the decision has been made that he is not safe to play on Saturday. Exeter’s second round against Toulouse is also called off. The EPCR will call. match results resolution committees to determine the results of canceled matches and committee decisions will be communicated as soon as possible.

“The Glasgow Warriors will now focus on mitigating any additional risk to their team in order to protect the upcoming 1872 Cup matches against Edinburgh in the Guinness Pro14.

“The club have reviewed the strict Covid-19 protocols they have in place for their team and congratulate their players and staff who have been exemplary in following them during this time. “

Exeter declined to reveal how many positive tests they returned, but results from the week’s testing program overseen by Premiership Rugby revealed 18 confirmed cases at two clubs, a total of 16 players and two members of the staff.

It’s another setback for Glasgow in what has been a trying season for the club. They fought in the Pro14 without their sizable Scottish contingent during the extended international window and a rack of injuries. Their European campaign got off to a terrible start with the heavy defeat in Devon and it then emerged that Adam Hastings had turned down the offer of a new contract and would leave the club at the end of the season to join Gloucester .

The next step for Glasgow is the festive double header with Edinburgh which is scheduled for December 27 at Scotstoun and January 2 at BT Murrayfield.

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