‘The answer is no’ – Pumas pour cold water on Lions’ rescheduling plans

Jimmy Stonehouse (Gallo Images)

Jimmy Stonehouse (Gallo Photos)

  • Pumas mentor Jimmy Stonehouse has quashed any Lions hopes of rescheduling their Tremendous Rugby Unlocked fixture, which was affected by Covid-19.
  • The Lions are understood to have steered a Tuesday kick-off, however the Lowvelders have steered the timing may be disingenuous because the Johannesburgers had a bye this week. 
  • Lions chief Rudolf Straeuli insists it isn’t a serious situation, however firmly believes the match might be accommodated.

Jimmy Stonehouse, the Pumas’ director of rugby, has poured chilly water on the Lions’ suggestion to fulfil their postponed Tremendous Rugby Unlocked fixture subsequent week.

The preliminary assembly at Ellis Park final weekend was badly disrupted by three optimistic Covid-19 exams among the many Lowvelders’ taking part in group, which necessitated the quarantining of seven gamers in whole.

Saturday’s match towards the Bulls at Loftus, received 21-5 by the house aspect, was merely accomplished after SA Rugby rescheduled the sport a day later.

With the Pumas’ shares replenished to a big extent, the Lions are understood to have mooted a Tuesday kick-off.

“We will not fulfil (the Lions) fixture,” stated Stonehouse within the aftermath of their worthy look in Pretoria.

“It could actually’t be anticipated of a group like us to play three matches in eight days, it is not possible. Individuals ought to get me unsuitable, we wish to play and say because of our followers and sponsors. However we have to be real looking.

“The Lions despatched correspondence asking if we might be keen to play on Tuesday. However one should keep in mind that that they had a bye this week. Should we additionally look forward to a bye week after which ask for a postponed sport to be performed? How will they then really feel about having to play three video games in primarily every week?

“The reply will certainly be ‘no’.”

Lions chief Rudolf Straeuli confirmed to Sport24 that he’d “fulfilled all of the formal necessities” for requesting the re-playing of each their matches towards the Cheetahs and Pumas, though SA Rugby has already dominated the Cheetahs fixture a draw.

“I do not suppose we must always make an excessive amount of of a fuss about this situation, however we’re of the opinion that we will nonetheless discover a approach to play these matches,” he stated.

“These are extraordinary occasions and we will help one another. We have seen large occasions like The Masters postponed after which nonetheless accomplished. What’s stopping us, apart from participant welfare? If there is a chance to seek out some steadiness to the respective logs, particularly when some groups have performed greater than others, cannot be at the very least attempt? 

“Naturally we won’t power any of our opponents to fulfil a postponed fixture.”

Stonehouse believes SA Rugby maybe erred in declaring disrupted fixtures as attracts and favours the system adopted by different international locations in awarding outright victories.

“For those who requested me, the Lions ought to’ve been awarded 5 log factors and us nothing. The Lions ought to’ve conceded the match factors to the Cheetahs in that fixture,” he stated.

“With our preparations disrupted by eight gamers being unavailable earlier than the Bulls sport, can we play three days later? No. Quite give the log factors. Nonetheless, SA Rugby has set a precedent with the two-points-each system. That is the way it should be utilized going ahead.”

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