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Whiteley out of semifinal

The Lions will be without Warren Whiteley for their Super Rugby semifinal against the Highlanders.

Warren Whiteley. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Lions will be without Warren Whiteley on Saturday for their Super Rugby semifinal against the Highlanders.

Their talisman has been ruled out of the game with a calf injury.

Ruan Ackermann will start at 8th man in his place.

As he has done before, Jaco Kriel will lead out the side.

He says it's a big blow to lose a player like Whiteley.

"We're certainly going to miss Warren. He's such an inspirational leader and courageous player. I'm happy with the role I have this weekend."

Ackermann says they gave Whiteley as much time as possible to get fit.

"He unfortunately tweaked a muscle in one of the movements that lead to a try last weekend. He didn't win the race in time to recover so we couldn't select him."

Ackermann says they have the depth to cover for the untimely injury.

"That's why we have this squad. The whole year my message to the squad has been if you're not starting I know there is disappointment but make sure you're right when that opportunity opens up."



The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.

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