Reds warn Bulls, Stormers

The Reds want to win at least three of their remaining five matches in the Vodacom Super 14 this season.

The Queenslanders still have to play the Bulls (home), Stormers (home), Hurricanes (away), Brumbies (away) and Highlanders (home).

“I’d love to win three of the five games that we’ve got left,” said Reds coach Jeff Miller. “I think that’s a realistic and achievable goal but we’re going to have to play well to do it and [Chris] Latham’s return will be critical to that.

“They’re tough games and I don’t think any of the games are going to be easy because it’s a very tight competition but as we’ve shown this year we’ve been in every game, bar maybe one against the Chiefs.”

Latham has returned to contact training after being sidelined for four weeks with a rib cartilage injury. He told the Sydney Morning Herald he would train as per normal, with a gradual increase in contact levels, and should know by Thursday whether he would line up against the Bulls on Saturday.

“I want it to be 100 per cent right. I’m not going to go through what I have done before,” he said.

The Reds are already missing scrumhalf Cordingley (foot) and lock/flanker McMeniman (shoulder).