Fiji are unpredictable

Controversial Wallaby wing Lote Tuqiri warned his team-mates not to underestimate his country of birth, Fiji in Sunday’s Pool B clash in Montpellier.

Tuqiri, who once played Rugby League for the Southern Pacific island nation in 2000, said the greatest strength within Ilivasi Tabua’s team was the element of surprise.

“Fiji are always unpredictable. It’s whether they turn up [mentally] and I think they’ll turn up for this one [the Wallaby game],” Tuqiri said.

The successful wing said that the worst his Wallaby team-mates could possibly do was to be complacent against the Fijians as they had absolutely nothing to lose.

“Knowing the Fijian psyche a bit, they love playing against the bigger nations and playing well against them so this’ll be a good test for them and a good grade to see where they’re at before they [play] Wales,” Tuqiri told the Rugby News Service on Thursday.

The Fijian back-line, in their match against Canada last week, showed that they could be very dangerous if they were allowed to find any form of rhythm.

Canada did well to contain Fiji for the greater part of that game and Tuqiri believes the Wallabies will need to do exactly the same at all costs.

“I certainly know from playing on that side of the fence that if you get a bit of a sniff, get a bit of a roll on, you start trying things and they come off.

“We just can’t give Fiji too much leeway in that sense,” explained Tuqiri.

Apart the fact that he will be playing against his home country on Sunday, Tuqiri will also celebrate his 28th birthday.

Hopefully for the Wallabies he will celebrate in style. Tuqiri has yet to make headlines in this World Cup in as far as performances go and would love to find some form going into the quarter-final stages.

“Hopefully I can get a bit of a roll on and get some form up going in to the quarter-finals,” added Tuqiri.

If any component of the Australian game will enhance their prospects in the World Cup, it would be the combined performances of the Wallaby back three, Chris Latham, Drew Mitchell and Tuqiri of course.

 

365 Digital

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