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Wallabies Primed For Fired-up Fijians

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says the burning memory of brutal hits and blistering speed will ensure Australia doesn’t take the Vodafone Flying Fijians lightly in their World Cup opener on
22 Sep 2015 09:57
Wallabies Primed For Fired-up Fijians
Vodafone Flying Fijians’ Campese Ma’afu and Nemani Nadolo at training in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: FRU

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says the burning memory of brutal hits and blistering speed will ensure Australia doesn’t take the Vodafone Flying Fijians lightly in their World Cup opener on Thursday.

With the world still abuzz with Japan’s upset against South Africa, the Wallabies have been told to be ruthless against an opponent ranked well below them.

Japan’s win has sent a warning to  international rugby’s big hitters.  The Wallabies want to avoid becoming the next scalp for a minnow nation when they meet the Fijians.

The gap between the Wallabies and the Fijians is obvious. Cheika said his players regularly came across Fiji’s biggest weapons in Super Rugby and Europe means the gap between World Cup contenders and Tier-Two nations is smaller than ever.

“Many of our players have been run around, run over or head-on tackled by one of Fiji’s players, so everyone knows,” Cheika said.

“Their players are starting to play more and more against Tier One players. We are  aware of them.” he said.

 

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