Saturday’s PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between the Lions and the Stormers, at the Cape Town Stadium, has been cancelled in line with COVID-19 protocols.

The move comes after some members of the Lions squad tested positive for the virus.

The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.

As determined by the competition rules, the Stormers will be awarded four log points because of the cancellation.

The developments come as South Africa grapples with a surge in COVID-19 infections.

On Thursday, the NICD confirmed that the country has technically entered the third wave of the pandemic.

Almost 5 000 of those treated in high care and ICU wards are in private hospitals.

NICD monitoring increase in COVID-19 cases:


The country recorded 100 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Thursday, which brings the total number of deaths to 57 410.

The latest statistics are below: