Huddersfield Giants BetFred Super League game with Castleford Tigers scheduled for Tuesday evening at the John Smiths Stadium is postponed.
The Giants recorded a positive lateral flow Covid test in the playing group this morning and have a further player displaying symptoms who has gone for a PCR test the results of which are not yet known. Track and trace regulations have taken a further four players at least from the squad available to Ian Watson to select and maybe more depending on the result of the second of the PCR tests. The overall result is that nearly 20 players form the Giants Super League squad will be unavailable on Tuesday evening for varying reasons thus the club has made the difficult decision to postpone the game.
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said “Everyone knows how tough we are doing it injury wise at the moment and this mornings positive result and subsequent track and trace was a hammer blow to us all. It has now become simply impossible to field 17 players safely on Tuesday to face the Tigers.
“This is not a decision taken lightly as all would have seen how keen we have been to fulfil the fixture list from the side we put out over on Humberside last week which was a game that had we chosen to do so we could have postponed till later in the year but felt that in the overall interests of the game we needed to play as we felt able to field seventeen safely.
“This is not the case on Tuesday and whilst we recognize that technically it is possible that we fall short of the Covid threshold for postponements (we are awaiting some results still) we do wish to re-arrange this game and would hope that the RFL and Castleford will agree for us to do so. We do not plan at this stage to name any of our players and their issues however will be making the necessary medical information known to the RFL In confidence.”