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Whiteley back to lead the Lions against Crusaders

Warren Whiteley managed to complete his rehabilitation just in time to lead the side against the Crusaders.

Warren Whiteley. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Emirates Lions have been boosted by the return of Captain Warren Whiteley from injury, just in time to lead the side against the Crusaders in Saturday's Super Rugby playoff.

Whiteley was supposed to be out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, but managed to complete his rehabilitation in four, giving the Johannesburg outfit much needed impetus.

Ruan Ackermann has been pencilled into the starting 15, should Whiteley show signs of inability to run out onto the field come game time but as it stands, Coach Johan Ackermann will have his full strength side.

Ackermann reintroduced his tried and tested players for the crunch match against the New Zealand outfit, after resting them for the clash against the Jaguares in Argentina last week that B team went down 34-22.

The last time the two sides met in Johannesburg, the Crusaders capitalised on a weak defence and a slow start from the Lions to beat them 43-37.