York City Knights have been awarded a 24-0 win after St Helens were unable to fulfil their Women’s Super League encounter.
Challenge Cup winners Saints, whose recent clash with local rivals Wigan was also called off due to a positive COVID-19 case within the squad, were set to face the Knights for the second time in less than three weeks.
They were cleared to return to training earlier this week, but a further positive case has since left a number of players unable to feature after being deemed close contacts.
That, as well as injuries, meant head coach Derek Hardman had just 14 players available for their upcoming fixture.
A statement released by St Helens said they had “taken the difficult decision” to cancel the game, with “the welfare of the players being paramount”.
However, because they failed to meet the threshold of having seven players ruled out as a direct result of COVID-19, the game has been awarded to the Knights.