Super Rugby final: Chiefs name unchanged line-up but waiting on Lelia Masaga

Last Updated: 02/08/13 10:20am

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Lelia Masaga: Chiefs winger battling ankle injury

Lelia Masaga: Chiefs winger battling ankle injury

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Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has stuck with the side that beat the Crusaders for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Brumbies.

The only worry for the Chiefs is the fitness of Lelia Masaga, who is carrying an ankle injury.

Masaga is bracketed with Robbie Robinson but Rennie is confident that the winger will be available for the clash.

Should Robinson be elevated to the starting line-up, Patrick Osborne will come into the matchday 22.

Craig Clarke, Masaga, Toby Smith, Richard Kahui and Brendon Leonard will be making their final appearances for the franchise.

"They have all been a big part of the Chiefs family and we want to send these outstanding Chiefs men out on a high with back to back titles," said Rennie.

The match will take place in front of a full house at the Waikato Stadium, and Rennie is looking forward to having home support.

"There has been an enormous amount of hard work to get us into this position and we are excited to be playing in front of the people who mean the most to us," he said.

Waikato Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga/Robbie Robinson, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Bundee Aki, 22 Robbie Robinson/Patrick Osborne

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