Elizabeth Cambage has been ordered to rise above the niggle she knows will come as Australia looks to book their Olympic basketball berth this weekend.
The world No.2 Opals will walk into an ambush of sorts when they play world No.5 France in their own backyard on Friday morning.
Games against Puerto Rico (23rd in the world) and Brazil (15th) follow on Sunday and Monday morning (AEST), with the top three progressing to July's Tokyo Games.
WNBA All-Star Cambage is the key piece of coach Sandy Brondello's armoury but misfired in the Opals' most recent Olympic qualification tour.
Constantly tagged and harassed by a stifling Japanese defence, the centre received two technical fouls on her way to a fourth-quarter ejection in what was their second loss to the world No.10 side in a matter of months.
Admitting they were all sucked in by Japan's tactics, Brondello expects the well-drilled French to employ the same tactic and that it's up to Cambage to rise above it.
"Every team is going to do that to her; when you're as special as she is you just expect that," Brondello told AAP.
"Teams will be physical and try and rough her up and she knows that.
"We're preparing for it and she's just got to play, because the referees are different everywhere you go, you aren't able to talk to them so you can't plan for that.
"You just play, stay calm and that goes for all of us, myself included."
The Opals also lost to China in last year's Asia Cup and have arrived in France without captain Jenna O'Hea (wrist) and Nicole Seekamp (ankle).
Sara Blicavs and Tessa Lavey have replaced them in the squad, although both injured players are expected to fit for an Olympic campaign.
"We lose a captain, our leader who's very poised but a great defender, shooter and creator," Brondello said of O'Hea's absence.
"She's a big player there, as is Nicole, but we have the depth and I've said to them 'don't be that player (you're replacing), just be yourself'."
Australian squad: Rebecca Allen, Elizabeth Cambage, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Cayla George, Ezi Magbegor, Leilani Mitchell, Lauren Nicholson, Sara Blicavs, Tessa Lavey, Alanna Smith, Stephanie Talbot, Marianna Tolo.