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Super Rugby: Coleman set to bow out with Reds loss

The Waratahs have endured a miserable Super Rugby season to date and is it unlikely to improve any for a meeting with Australian rivals the Reds in their final game of the campaign.

Last time out the Tahs saw any lingering hope of playing finals disappear as they lost 27-12 to Moana Pasifika, leaving head coach Darren Coleman facing the prospect of ending his tenure with the wooden spoon.

The Reds, meanwhile, have long since booked their place in finals and will hope to head into the post-season action on the back of a fourth win in five, having crushed Western Force 59-13 last time out.

. What: Waratahs v Reds
. Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
. When: 19:35 (AEST), Friday 31st May 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sports
. Odds: Waratahs 3.75, Reds 1.28

Waratahs ending a season of woe

Having claimed just two victories all season, the Waratahs are set to finish bottom of the Super Rugby ladder and it is hard to find any positives from such a dismal final run under the guidance of Coleman.

They have one last opportunity to take something out of such a disappointing season, but they will have to raise their game significantly if they are to claim the Bob Templeton Cup.

Their task is especially tough when you consider that they are currently blighted by injuries, particularly among their front-row options, while they have lost six of their last eight meetings with the Reds.

The clash between the two sides earlier this season ended in a 40-22 victory for the Queensland outfit, with the Tahs having only beaten the Crusaders, twice, this season.

The home side will surely be motivated by the fact that Coleman leaves his post straight after the game, while they will also be aware that a win would at least give them hope of avoiding finishing at the bottom of the pile.

Reds getting ready for Chiefs

The Reds know that they will be playing the Chiefs in the first week of finals, but head coach Les Kiss is eager to see no let-up in focus for the trip to Sydney, especially with the Bob Templeton Cup on the line.

His side were certainly on the ball last time out as they ran in nine tries in their thrashing of the Force and Kiss is well aware that the Tahs will be out to cause a shock in the biggest rivalry in Australian rugby.

He told reporters: "This is probably the most important game in the calendar for Australian rugby, the Tahs versus Queensland.

"We need to stay on-task. There's a trophy up for grabs, so we want to do what's necessary to win it.

"They'll have reason to play well, their last home game and a few farewells and we know that'll bring a lot of emotional and physical energy, so we just need to be up for that."

Winger Tim Ryan is the man in form for the Reds, having made an amazing start to his career, scoring nine tries from just four stats to date, including two hat-tricks.

Ryan crossed three times in the crushing of the Force and is 1.80 to score a try at anytime against the Waratahs, while he is 4.75 to score two tries or more.

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