Saracens considering appealing against Championship disputes committee’s decision

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall
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Saracens are looking to challenge the decision of the Championship disputes committee over their ruling in the cancelled fixture against Hartpury.

The round 11 fixture scheduled to be played at at Stonex Stadium last weekend was called off after a small number of Hartpury squad members were tested positive for Covid-19.

With the positively tested players along with their close contacts placed under self isolation, Hartpury could not field a matchday squad leading to the cancellation of the encounter.

The Championship organisers declared that match will be considered 0-0 draw with no league points to be awarded to either teams which meant Saracens had to finish second in the group stage behind Ealing Trailfinders as they needed a bonus-point win with a margin of at least 12 points to claim the top place.

“The Committee concluded that the match should be considered as a 0 – 0 draw, with no league points awarded to either team.

“In light of the facts, the Committee considered Hartpury University RFC were not at fault for the cancellation of the fixture and noted that the only reserve weekend available for the Championship is 5th – 6th June. Hartpury University RFC confirmed they were not able to play that weekend as players still isolating under COVID-19 protocols and some injuries mean the club is unable to field a squad.

“While the positions of the clubs in the league table was not considered to be a relevant factor in determining the outcome of the cancellation, it was noted that the effect of the decision would not undermine the integrity of the competition.”

Even though the decision will not affect the two legged final between Saracens and Ealing, a statement issued by the former Premiership champions read that they are considering all possible options including appealing against the decision of the Championship committee.

“There is a right to appeal. As a club, we will consider our options, and have until 11th June to appeal the decision should we decide to proceed.

“All ticket purchasers for the scheduled Saracens v Hartpury University RFC game on May 29 will receive a full refund with the process expected to take between 7 to 10 working days.”

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