London Irish v Bath game called off

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Premiership Rugby have confirmed that Bath’s Premiership match at London Irish on Monday has been called off after Bath returned more positive Covid cases.

This comes after Wednesday’s Premiership Rugby Cup encounter between Bath and Exeter Chiefs at the Recreation Ground was cancelled after several of the home side’s payers were ruled out.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with Bath Rugby and London Irish so the decision has been made to cancel the match.

“We will give the clubs any support they need and wish everyone affected a full and speedy recovery.

“Neither Premiership Rugby nor the club will be naming any of the players or staff involved and we’d ask everyone to respect their privacy.”

A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points from the fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium.

A statement from Bath said: “Following the cancellation of our Premiership Rugby Cup fixture against Exeter Chiefs earlier this week, we are sorry to share that our Gallagher Premiership game against London Irish on Monday 3rd of January at Brentford Community Stadium can no longer go ahead safely.

“We are sorry to share this news today and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.”

Exeter start 2022 with win over Bristol Bears

Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs controlled the game against Bristol Bears but were made to wait until the latter stages to secure a deserved 19-13 victory at Sandy Park.

The Devonians were the better side for much of this Premiership contest and went into the break 12-3 ahead thanks to Tom O’Flaherty and Jonny Hill tries.

Callum Sheedy kicked a three-pointer for the Bears in the opening period and they defended manfully to keep themselves in the match.

When Henry Purdy’s interception try brought them to within a penalty of claiming an unlikely win, they sensed an opportunity, but the Chiefs finally sealed the triumph when Stuart Hogg went over.

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