AUSTRALIA might have beaten Fiji 52-0 the last time the two teams met in a World Cup match but centre Brent Tate says it is the game that started the Kangaroos' slide in 2008.
Australia beat Fiji in the semi-final to advance to the final, but it was the performance more than the scoreline that concerned Tate. The Australians would go on to lose the final to New Zealand in the next game.
Tate scored two tries in that romp, and is one of six players who featured in that game that are part of this year's Australian World Cup campaign.
"If you turn up a little bit off, you will struggle," Tate said.
"In 2008 we lost a little bit of momentum going into the final when we played Fiji.
"All the games are so important. Guys are short of a run and combinations."
The North Queensland outside back capped a remarkable comeback from injuries to end a three-year Test absence to play his 24th game for the Kangaroos in Australia's 28-20 win against England.
Australia arrived in Manchester on Sunday (Monday Fiji time) for their game against Fiji Bati on Saturday night (9am Sunday, Fiji time).