Chiefs awarded Cup points

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By Mark Stevens

Premiership Rugby can confirm that Exeter Chiefs have been awarded a 28-0 win over Bath Rugby following the cancellation of their Premiership Rugby Cup Round Three match, which was scheduled for Wednesday, December 29.

The match was cancelled as Bath Rugby had insufficient front row forwards to start the match. This situation was caused by a combination of Covid-19 related player absences and existing injuries within the Bath Rugby squad, rather than simply by players testing positive for Covid-19.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: "As the tournament organiser, Premiership Rugby has to rule on all match cancellations. We must determine if the match cancellation is as a result of Covid-19 or due to other factors.

“This match was cancelled due to the combination of positive cases, injuries and unavailabilities leaving Bath Rugby unable to fulfil its fixture obligations under the Premiership Rugby Cup regulations because the club had insufficient front-row forwards. Therefore the match is awarded to Exeter Chiefs 28-0 - with the Chiefs receiving five match points."

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