Port Macquarie Sharks appear to be the team that benefits the most from the cancellation of three of four Group 3 rugby league first grade matches at the weekend.
The Sharks were due to face Old Bar Pirates at Wauchope on Saturday in what was ultimately a clash that would determine second spot.
When news filtered through of a seven-day NSW statewide lockdown starting at 5pm, both teams were questioned about the match continuing after their warm-up.
Group 3 chief executive Mal Drury said it was his understanding both the Sharks and Pirates were satisfied to take a point each and head home.
"Nobody came and spoke to me afterwards. They said they've decided to pull the pin and let's go home," he said.
"Whatever decision you make you're only going to please half the people. You'll never please them all."
"Whatever decision you make you're only going to please half the people. You'll never please them all."- Group 3 chief executive Mal Drury
Provided the Sharks beat last-placed Taree City in the final round, they will host Old Bar for the right to tackle Wauchope with the winner to progress to the grand final on September 26.
Port Macquarie coach David Geary was adamant it wasn't their decision to call the game off as they only have a fixture against the Bulls to play before the semi-final series.
"It wasn't our decision. Our president said we had the option of playing, but the group said we would have one point each," he said.
"But to then get home and see Taree and Wingham had played was pretty disappointing.
"We wanted the opportunity to play and get a good game because no offence to Taree, but they're not going to be the same hitout as Old Bar.
"It would have been good to have some stiff competition before we get into the semi-finals."
Old Bar captain-coach Mick Henry, however, admitted his team were disappointed and upset they weren't offered the opportunity for the match to proceed as scheduled.
"It's left a bit of a sour taste for me because if Taree and Wingham were able to play I'm sure we could have fitted a game in."- Old Bar Pirates captain-coach Mick Henry
They are now relying on the Sharks being beaten by the Bulls in the final round for them to finish in second position provided they win both their remaining matches.
Henry admitted he was also upset the Wingham Tigers and Taree City Bulls match was still allowed to proceed in Taree on Saturday.
"(The Sharks game) was a big game for us because if we win it more than likely gets us second place with two games remaining," he said.
"It's left a bit of a sour taste for me because if Taree and Wingham were able to play I'm sure we could have fitted a game in."
He did, however, concede the Pirates had put themselves in their current position.
"We've got ourselves into this situation and we could have easily won an extra game or two throughout the year and been a bit higher," he said.
"There's talk of if no more round games are played they'll have shortened semis so even that hurts our chances a bit.
"If they knock the semis back a week it screws our chances of getting a home grand final."
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