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Reds look for perfect storm to finish in Super finals contention

Finals dreaming ... a perfect win over the Waratahs may still not be enough to get the Reds to the finals.

Finals dreaming ... a perfect win over the Waratahs may still not be enough to get the Reds to the finals. Photo: Getty Images

TEAMS spend season upon season chasing the ''perfect game''; a night where everything touched turns to solid gold and moments of blind luck masquerade as pure genius.

Unfortunately for the Queensland Reds, even if they do attain a state of rugby bliss against a state they love to beat more than any other - NSW - it might not be enough to earn them a place in the Super Rugby finals.

Beating the Waratahs is generally reward in itself for the Reds and there's rarely a game that doesn't provide a talking point for the next. But this time, there won't be a next game for Queensland if they don't win going away and other results don't conspire to come to their aid.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has watched his side lift itself from a form slump compounded by long-term injuries to key players and enter the final round on a five-game winning streak and a chance of playing in the post-season. To do that, they need a bonus point win over the Waratahs and hope one of the four teams above them (Brumbies, Crusaders, Sharks and Bulls) drop a home game to lesser opponents (Blues, Force, Cheetahs and Lions).

As they did before beating the Highlanders, a win will be the priority; the bonus point an added extra.

''You go out there to play well. You go out there to try and play your best football,'' McKenzie said. ''As a byproduct of that, you might score four tries. You might score eight tries if you play really well. But to start with the four tries and work backwards usually ends in tears.''

McKenzie is under no illusion as to what level the Reds need to reach if they are to tear up the Tahs, who are travelling terribly but always lift for the interstate derby.

''What we need is the perfect game this weekend to ensure we get the best ladder position possible,'' he said. ''One thing I can guarantee is we haven't played the perfect game yet. It's still ahead of us. This weekend would be very timely.''

Rob Simmons (cork) remains in doubt for the Reds but Digby Ioane (pneumonia) and Liam Gill (hamstring) are in contention to play.

With the stoic Beau Robinson continuing to play through the pain of a foot injury, the return of Gill would be a huge boost to a Reds side who had to endure a battering at the breakdown from the Highlanders before escaping with a tense 19-13 win.

Post-injury Quade Cooper looked a better player than the pre-injury version on Friday night, with his game management and deft kicks adding to his great feet and supersonic passing. He believes the big-game experience of last year will ensure the Reds have an edge over the Tahs in what will be the biggest game of Super Rugby in Brisbane since last year's grand final.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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