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Lose's names his Sevens Dream Team

Maciu Malo
Sunday, January 20, 2013

RENOWNED 7s rugby commentator Willie Lose has named inspirational national 7s skipper Setefano Cakau as the captain of his Uprising 7s Dream Team.

Judging from the two-day tournament, Lose has selected seven Fijians and five international players in his Dream Team.

"The 12 that I have selected, I have looked at the balance of guys that performed in the respective teams," he said.

"There were a lot of good individual players from the international teams but I don't think they gel well together and that is why they didn't make the final.

"I guess the Fijians performed well on both days and that is what I looked for — consistency.

"My player of the tournament is the Fiji captain Setefano Cakau.

"Cakau he is one those leaders, he never talks much and once he has the ball something good will happen to the team.

"He was too good on Day One and went up another level in Day Two."

Lose also commended the combination of Fijian halves combination in Joji Ragamate and Ilai Tinai with enterprising flyer Eremasi Benedito also in his Dream Team.

"Joji and Ilai when in good form, they are both unstoppable. They can light up the team and they remind me of (Waisale) Serevi and William Ryder and once they have the ball they will create something or set someone else for the try.

"As for Benedito, I like the way he finishes things, he has the outwide gas.

"You cannot coach that, it comes with the confidence and I hope to see him in the HSBC 7s Series this year."

Lose said other standout players included Samoan skipper Lolo Lui and Shannon Walker from Australia.

He also named Fiji 7s coach Alivereti Dere as the coach of the team with Gordon Tietjens as the technical advisor.

"The reason I selected Dere because there are many Fijian players and because Tietjens didn't bring his number one team."

Dream Team: Setefano Cakau (captain) (Fiji Babas), Robert Lilomaiava (Samoa), Mosese Saunivanua (Fiji Warriors), Leone Tabuarua (Fiji Warriors), Pita Lee (Australia), Joji Ragamate (Fiji Babas), Ilai Tinai (Fiji Babas), Filimoni Botitu (Tokatoka Babas), Lolo Lui (Samoa), Eremasi Benedito (Fiji Warriors), Beauden Waaka (NZ Emerging 7s), Shannon Walker (Aussie Thunderbolts).





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