Morgan Turinui has cautioned the Wallabies against trying to fight fire with fire in Monday’s (AEST) crucial Rugby World Cup pool clash with Fiji in Saint-Etienne.
At the last World Cup the Wallabies prevailed 39-21 in Sapporo but Fiji continue to improve under the tutelage of coach Simon Raiwalui, the former Australia assistant.
Fiji were ahead of the Wallabies in the world rankings before they lost to Wales in the match of the tournament so far.
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Semi Radradra of Fiji is tackled by Wallabies players in 2019. (Getty)
“I don’t think we want up tempo,” former Wallabies back Turinui said on Stan Sport’s Rugby Heaven.
“I think if we play up tempo, if there’s chaos in the game, it suits Fiji.
“It’s a much fitter Fiji than we’ve seen. It is a more cohesive Fiji. They’ve had a large block of time with their international-based stars because they’ve had prep for the World Cup.
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“This is a dangerous team that you don’t want to go to chaos with.”
The Pool C clash will kick off at 5.45pm local time at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, known as ‘Le Cauldron’ for the storied local football team.
AS Saint-Etienne have won 10 French football titles, level with Olympique Marseille and behind only Paris Saint-Germain (11).
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Conditions should suit Fiji with temperatures tipped to be in the high 20s come kickoff.
“You don’t want to kick too much ball back to Fiji’s back three,” Wallabies legend Tim Horan said on Rugby Heaven.
“So I reckon they’ll play tight. Nic White’s important if he gets selected (to start) but it’s all about the game plan that Eddie Jones puts in place.”
The Wallabies team will be named around 5.30pm on Friday (AEST).
Mat Rogers has called for Andrew Kellaway to be recalled to the 23 and potentially at the expense of fullback Ben Donaldson, man of the match in Australia’s solid 35-15 win over Georgia.
“I think you’ve got to have Donaldson in there as the cleanest kicking option at the moment,” All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens countered on Rugby Heaven.
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“Everything out of hand was pretty clean as well as his goal kicking.
“So whether that’s 15 or 10, I think, depends on where you see the threats from Fiji. And I think maybe the chance to put Donaldson into 10 and have Kellaway at 15 for his defensive game because up against the Fijians, there’s going to be some acid put on.
“The way they finished against Wales is a blueprint of how they’re probably going to try and attack the whole 80 minutes against Australia. A guy like Kellaway at the back is a proven defender.”