Leeds trip to Catalans in doubt due to COVID

Catalans coach Steve McNamara remains hopeful their game against Leeds will go ahead next Saturday.

The Dragons are hoping to welcome 5,000 fans back to Stade Gilbert Brutus, but the game is in doubt after six positive coronavirus cases were confirmed by Leeds which has resulted in the closure of the club’s training ground.

On the eve of the first lockdown last year, Leeds decided not to travel for an away game at Catalans after a player showed symptoms of coronavirus.

McNamara said after his side’s win over Leigh: “We’re expecting the game to be on. We’re not privy to what’s going on at Leeds but clubs have got to find a way of fulfilling fixtures.”

Leeds’ game at home to St Helens was postponed on Friday after two players reported positive test results, forcing several others to self-isolate.

Following further positives and more isolations reported at the weekend, the club will carry out a further round of testing on Monday.

A Rhinos spokesman said: “The rationale for this decision is to ensure that any trace of the virus is eradicated prior to return to the training ground.

“It is hoped that with the stand-down period being observed all cases will be picked up during this period and a return following gives a clear restart.

“This process will remain under review depending on the test results over the next five days.”

If next Saturday’s game is postponed, it is thought the clubs will seek to re-arrange it for the weekend of the Challenge Cup final on July 17.

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