The Chiefs could be without electric playmaker Damian McKenzie for their high‑stakes Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.
McKenzie was forced off half an hour into his team's 21‑19 win over the Blues in Hamilton last Saturday, favouring an injured hip.
Coach Colin Cooper says he won't take a chance with his game‑breaker, with a showdown between two brilliant first five‑eighths looking an unlikely proposition on Friday.
All Blacks No.10 Beauden Barrett is also in doubt for the Hurricanes after missing last weekend's win over the Sharks with a tight quad muscle.
The match pits two teams who have won five matches on the trot after losing their season‑opener.
With the Crusaders having a bye this weekend, Friday's winners will move to the top of the New Zealand conference.
The Chiefs will take on the Hurricanes 7.35pm Friday.
On Saturday, the Sunwolves meet the Blues at 3.05pm, the Rebels face the Jaguares at 5.15pm, the Highlanders take on the Brumbies at 7.35pm, the Waratahs meet the Reds at 9.45pm.
On Sunday, the Sharks take on the Bulls at 3.15am.
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