Toulon sends points to Scarlets
NEWS: Toulon has informed European officials that the club will not be fulfilling their Champions Cup, Round Two fixture against Scarlets.
The match is therefore cancelled and points awarded to the Welsh club.
Although the medical risk assessment committee was satisfied that the fixture, which was scheduled for this past Friday, December 18, at Parc y Scarlets, could go ahead safely, it was initially postponed following concerns by RC Toulon for their players and staff.
As has been previously communicated, RC Toulon were offered the opportunity to play the match at a later date during the allocated Round Two weekend.
However, that offer has not been accepted.
Following the decision to cancel, a match result resolution committee was convened on Saturday to determine the outcomes of the Scarlets v RC Toulon fixture in the Champions Cup, as well as the Challenge Cup match between Benetton and Agen – which has also been cancelled.
The committee, comprising EPCR Director General Vincent Gaillard, EPCR Board member Andrea Rinaldo, EPCR COVID-19 Manager Tom Walsh, EPCR Chief Financial Officer Anthony Lepage and EPCR Head of Governance and Regulations Liam McTiernan, considered the facts regarding the two matches.
In respect of the Scarlets versus RC Toulon fixture in Pool A, Scarlets were deemed to be the winners and were awarded five match points on a scoreline of 28-0.
In respect of the Benetton versus Agen match, it was decided that as Benetton had recorded a number of positive test results for COVID-19, the match could not be played safely.
Agen were deemed to be the winners and were awarded five match points on a scoreline of 28-0.
EPCR would like to emphasise that blame was not considered as a factor during the deliberations, and the committee’s decisions were made with a view to facilitating the completion of this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in unprecedented circumstances.
DECISIONS OF THE MATCH RESULT RESOLUTION COMMITTEE
Scarlets 28 (4 converted tries) RC Toulon 0
Match points – Scarlets 5 RC Toulon 0
Benetton 0 Agen 28 (4 converted tries)
Match points – Benetton 0 Agen 5