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Are Sale going ahead
Discussion started by PV , 03 October, 2020 14:22
Are Sale going ahead
PV 03 October, 2020 14:22

Says team announced at 12 but nowt on tut site reet now.

Re: Are Sale going ahead
PV 03 October, 2020 15:08
Postponed til Weds, if anyone was ever vaguely interested.

Re: Are Sale going ahead
Jonny_C 03 October, 2020 15:49
Surely that gives Sale an advantage as they know what is required to retain 4th spot as the other matches will have already been played.

I thought the protocol was for a 20-0 walkover if a club cannot field a team?

Covid-19 has been around for a while now, so clubs/teams/players/staff know how to stay safe.

Re: Are Sale going ahead
franciscorrigan 03 October, 2020 17:27
Saints have chosen to forfeit their game so Glos get a 20-0 win and finish 7th.
Sale game has too much bearing on the play-offs so postponement is fair.(Sm63)

Re: Are Sale going ahead
franciscorrigan 03 October, 2020 17:29
no new signings allowed for either team in that game so Sale might have to field a load of youngsters(Sm63)

Re: Are Sale going ahead
Chris Hoddle 03 October, 2020 18:36
Just to make Saints position clear.
They had no option to forfeit as the league chose not to allow a rule change to bring in players. Where it seems they did allow a rule change for Sale.
Due to the pack being in contact with the Sale players that had tested positive they had to self isolate.
This left them with one tighthead prop and one hooker available due to injuries and isolation.
As they couldn't provide the required front row and replacements they had no choice.

Re: Are Sale going ahead.... game off
RodB 07 October, 2020 10:53
Sale vs wuss off


Re: Are Sale going ahead
AlecW 07 October, 2020 12:15
Eight more positives, following a rumoured 'false negative' test result at Sale a week or so ago. The other rumour of course is that the Sale squad went mad in Manchester celebrating their Cup win and got infected that way.

Honestly, this is a TERRIBLE look for English / UK professional rugby in general and PRL specifically. The very idea that this match could / should take place in the circs, with Saints having to forfeit their match because they had some positives (through no fault of their own) from THEIR match with Sale...?

Sounds to me as if the protocols are not good enough, and/or Sale have not been adhering to them and that PRL have been safeguarding revenue from BT under the guise of 'protecting the integrity of the competition', at the expense (as always in these matters) of the golden geese, in this case the poor bl00dy infantry - the players.

All I can do is wish all the affected / infected players well for their health and recovery - and hope / pray that the semis and final take place without any other players / officials coming to harm...

I'd cancel them, meself...


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2020 12:17 by AlecW.

Re: Are Sale going ahead
franciscorrigan 07 October, 2020 12:39
PRL couldn't run a p**s-up in a brewery.
The Worcester v Sale game should have been cancelled on Sunday, according to their own rules.

Obviously a complete disregard for Covid protocols by a number of Sale players, or staff.
PRL needs to find out exactly what happened and the exact some sort of real sanction.
If the rumours of a night out in Manchester are true, missing a chance of the playoffs isn't enough, in my eyes.

What a shame irresponsibly and recklessly endangering the players of another team isn't grounds for automatic relegation.

We wouldn't have to worry about finishing bottom next season.(Sm63)

Re: Are Sale going ahead
Lazyboy346 07 October, 2020 16:06
I'm going to wait until we get some facts, qlthough given recent examples in not sure it'll ever be clear what happened.

Either way it has been badly handled with the impression given that Sale were being handed every chance to make it to the finals at the expense of their and other clubs' players. The fact that PRL broke its own rule about forfeiting games due to positive tests is absurd and again shows why the current organisation isn't fit for purpose. Sale's attitude towards the game has also seemed to put winning above the safety of their own players and those of Northampton and Worcester, which is contemptible.

The main issue though is that Sale's squad has become completely infected and has passed that onto other players through the game vs Northampton. It may have been completely innocent or it may not but the root cause needs to be tracked down and tackled for health reasons as much as for the integrity of future games.

If it is found that this outbreak was due to activity that was illegal, then it should be handle by the appropriate authorities, while any breach of the agreed code of conduct for reporting the league should be handled with utmost severity. Sanctions should include fines, bans and points deductions in the new season. This can't be swept under the rug like many disciplinary offences have been before as this goes beyond the players and the rugby field, it affects their friends and families, their neighbours and their community. And if players were allowed to play despite being known to be positive then that is gross negligence by those involved and they should have the book thrown at them.

Re: Are Sale going ahead
SixNineOne 07 October, 2020 22:47
As Lazyboy says, we need to wait to get a few more facts before passing judgement, but itís always cathartic to have a bit of a rant in the meantime. No doubt there will be an internal enquiry carried out by Sale and / or PRL and, ďfor the good of the gameĒ, the findings will not be published. Wrists will receive the gentlest of slappings and weíll all be none the wiser other than to spare a thought for the poor Northampton players and their families who were infected. Of course, the cherry on the cake of this whole sordid episode would be if Bath fluked their way past Exeter and then went on to win the final...

Re: Are Sale going ahead
SimonG19 08 October, 2020 12:02
Hmm an enquiry by PRL the organisation that swept Saracens cheating under the carpet in 2015 thus allowing the corruption in the league to continue.

Doesn't bode well does it?

Re: Are Sale going ahead
AlecW 08 October, 2020 14:16
The expression "marking their own homework" comes to mind...!

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