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Whiteley on track to play in Super Rugby final



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Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has indicated that captain Warren Whiteley is on track to play in the Super Rugby final against the Hurricanes.

Whiteley played in the Lions quarter final victory over the Crusaders but missed the Semi-final due to an injury sustained a week earlier.

Inspirational captain Whiteley has therefore played for less than an hour since he was injured playing for the Springboks in the June Internationals against Ireland.

The Lions captain joined his team on the flight to New Zealand and had a solo training session in Wellington on Tuesday when the rest of the team had a light training run.

“The medical team were happy with his power and the injury and while we only had a walk-through of our game plan on the field today to get out of the hotel, Warren stayed behind and did a session with the physio where he ran as part of the rehabilitation process,” Ackermann told SuperSport.

Ackermann said that he would give Whiteley every chance to play and that a decision would be made immediately before the final but that he would not be taking any risks.

“We have two days to make a final decision and we will make that after our final training session but at the moment it looks good that he could be in the final 23.”

The Lions finished second in the Super Rugby standings so they had to travel to Wellington but they have taken training lightly so far.

“We just had to get the guys out of the hotel, to get the bodies moving,” Ackermann said of Tuesday’s light training.

Despite the travel the Lions coach said that there is a good mood in the camp ahead of the Super Rugby final.

“There is an excitement there but credit to our senior group of players there is also a calmness there this week. ”

“We know the excitement will build as we get closer to the weekend but the guys are touring together for the third year now, and they have fun touring together.”

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