Monday 26 September 2016

Video: Lightning hits the Thames ahead of 162nd Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Callum Davis

Published 27/03/2016 | 15:12

Lightning strikes the Thames ahead of the Oxford-Cambridge boat race
Lightning strikes the Thames ahead of the Oxford-Cambridge boat race

Sale Sharks' Aviva Premiership match with the Leicester Tigers was temporarily suspended on Sunday afternoon after lightning strikes threatened the players' safety.

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Sale were leading 20-13 at the time when a thunder storm over the AJ Bell stadium caused play to be stopped.

After a seven minute delay in Stockport, it was decided that the lightning storm had abated enough for the two teams to re-take the field.

Rugby union was not the only sport to be affected by rogue lightning strikes on Easter Sunday.

Footage from BBC Sport captured the moment the River Thames was struck by lightning as spectators braved the stormy conditions to watch the 162nd Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

The Welsh rugby union clash between Pontytpridd and Merthyr was played out in horrendous underfoot conditions as heavy rain storms caused the pitch to cut up and produce an almighty mud-bath.

Pontypridd edged an unsurprisingly scrappy encounter to progress into the final of the Swalec Cup.

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