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Clarke positive about fitness for Super Rugby final

Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke is hopeful that he can play in the final

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Article Published: Tuesday 31 July 2012|

Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke says that he is edging closer towards reaching fitness for the Super Rugby final this weekend.

Clarke suffered a medial ligament strain towards the end of his team's Super Rugby semi-final victory over the Crusaders on Friday.

Clarke says that he is happy with his progress ahead of the tournament decider.

"It's certainly feeling better today than yesterday, had a good pool session and got it moving and sort of freed it up, icing well and the swelling has gone down so good," Clarke told NewstalkZB.

Clarke added that he would have to undergo a final fitness test on Thursday afternoon to find out if he will play in the final.

Meanwhile Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has acknowledged that playing at is a massive advantage.

"There's a lot of reason's why it's great to be home, obviously we don't have to travel so you get to sleep in your own bed."

"We would have been on a plane to Sydney ....and then off to JHB ...."

Instead of the Chiefs travelling the Sharks have had to travel from Cape Town after flying from Durban to Brisbane for the play off and then back to Cape Town for the Semi-final.

However Rennie said that winning away from home is a mental thing.

"We went to Africa played the Cheetahs first up at altitude and went really well, travelled all the way home played the Hurricanes and fronted really well in that game too."

"So it's about getting the bodies right and getting the head right so attitude is key, I don't believe the issue that a lot of people are talking about."

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