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Cakau's rover

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, February 09, 2013

DIGICEL Fiji skipper Setefano Cakau returns to his favourite rover's position for the opening match of the Las Vegas 7s against England today.

Cakau featured in the forwards in most games of the disastrous Wellington 7s outing at the Cake Tin last weekend.

Following the Bowl final loss to Canada in Wellington, Fiji 7s coach Timoci Wainiqolo admitted he did not have much choice but to put Cakau, who features best at rover, in the forwards.

But the inclusion of Peni Ravai, who replaced Josua Tuisova for Las Vegas following his injury in Wellington, allowed Wainiqolo to do the positional changes.

The former Fiji rep named newcomer Jone Vota to partner Ulaiasi Lawavou and Manueli Laqai in the forwards.

Cakau joins Joji Ragamate, who will start at playmaker, Ilai Tinai and winger Samisoni Viriviri in the backline.

Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union coaching director Franck Boivert said the players needed to dig deeper and play for pride this weekend in order to bounce back from the disappointing outing in Wellington.

"They have to revolve themselves and call upon their pride for them to play with much higher intensity," the Frenchman said.

"We did a thorough analysis of the technical part of Wellington and therefore exact what we need to work on and it has been imparted to the coaches and it's up to them to implement what we have observed in Fiji."

Fiji plays Scotland in its second pool match at 3.18pm before playing Portugal at 8am on Sunday.

Fiji: Ulaiasi Lawavou, Jone Vota, Manueli Laqai, Joji Ragamate, Ilai Tinai, Setefano Cakau, Samisoni Viriviri. Reserves: Nemani Nagusa, Jasa Veremalua, Peni Ravai, Benito Eremasi, Manasa Nayagi.


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