Ben Franks fires up at Hurricanes
April 29, 2013
Ben Franks demands high standards © Getty Images
Ben Franks has criticised his Hurricanes teammates as they headed to South Africa to face the Bulls and the Cheetahs, saying after basic errors cruelled them against the Stormers in Palmerston North on Friday night that "guys have to be accountable for their own areas".
The Hurricanes are ninth on the Super Rugby ladder after their loss to the Stormers, and their season will surely slip into oblivion if they fail to claim at least one victory in South Africa. Franks, who moved to Wellington from the Crusaders, told the Dominion Post the Hurricanes were good enough team to beat anyone, "but we're not a good enough team to have lapses'.
'We have to put 80 minutes together," Franks said in the exclusive interview, noting the Hurricanes had to face the defending champions the Chiefs upon their return from South Africa. "This far into the competition it's just so much mental preparation. You can only train so much catch, pass, tackle. We've been doing this since we were six so we know how to do it. It's getting your week right and switching on."
Franks said the Hurricanes continued to make "silly mistake at crucial times when we're trying to build pressure came". He said: "It's not a team thing, it's individual. Guys have to be accountable for their own areas. When it's happening week to week it's something you have to look at."
He said the Hurricanes had only to look at the Chiefs and the Crusaders for inspiration to turn around their Super Rugby season.
"When the Crusaders were winning theirs they always found a way to get these wins; when the Chiefs won last year found a way. If we want to go to that next level we need to find a way."
The Hurricanes lost another tight game, against the Stormers (video available only in Australia)
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