Masaga the only doubt for the champions

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James Mortimer     31 Jul 2013     Getty Images

Craig Clarke and Tanerau Latimer shouldered huge workloads in the semi-final and a soft approach has been used with them during training this week, while Bundee Aki has sat out training but is expected to line up this weekend.

It is unclear at this stage whether Latimer will again start for the Chiefs or if Sam Cane will make the run on side.

Masaga came off the field gingerly in the second half and is nursing an ankle injury.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie told Newstalk ZB that Masaga was expected to play, which was the only bad news from the medical team as the Chiefs, who have currently played more matches than any side in the last two seasons, geared up for their second straight Super Rugby Final.

“We'll go on what we get back from the medics, but we're anticipating he's (Masaga) going to be OK, he's the worst of our worries,” Rennie said.