Ben Franks fires up at Hurricanes teammates

20:29, Apr 28 2013
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Julian Savea dives over for try during the Hurricanes opening loss to the Blues.
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TJ Perenara gets caught in a tackle during the Hurricanes' Super Rugby opener against the Blues.
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Hurricanes players stand dejected after losing to the Blues in their season opener.
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Jeremy Thrush brings down a lineout ball during the loss to the Blues.
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TJ Perenara gets a pass away against the Queensland Reds.
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Andre Taylor attempts to make a tackle on a Queensland Reds player.
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Julian Savea kicks ahead against the Queensland Reds.
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Conrad Smith (left) and Faifili Levave during the game against the Queensland Reds.
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Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Dan Carter.
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Chris Smylie flings the ball wide for the Hurricanes.
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TJ Perenara is taken in a tackle by a Crusaders player.
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Conrad Smith (left) and James Marshall celebrate after the Hurricanes one-point win over the Crusaders.
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TJ Perenara tries to break through the Highlanders' tackle during his sides round five win.
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Beauden Barrett offloads to a teammate during the Hurricanes' win over the Highlanders.
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Tusi Pisi makes a break for the Hurricanes during their win over the Highlanders.
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Alapati Leiua scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
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Ben May scores scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
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Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Wimpie van der Walt of the Kings during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
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Ben May of the Hurricanes tussles with David Bulbring of the Kings in a maul during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes beats the tackle of Sergeal Petersen of the Kings to score a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
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Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes is tackled by Pat McCutcheon, left, and Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs during their round eight clash in Wellington.
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All Blacks wing Julian Savea is tackled by Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs.
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Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Sekope Kepu in the Hurricanes clash with the Waratahs in Wellington.
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Ardie Savea gets a real taste of Super Rugby against the Waratahs.
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Julian Savea breaks away for a try during the Hurricanes' win over the Waratahs.
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Reggie Goodes looks for the offload as he is tackled by a Waratahs player.
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Motu Matu'u dives over for a try against the Waratahs.
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TJ Perenara prepares to kick as the Hurricanes beat the Waratahs in Wellington.
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A dejected Hurricanes outfit walks off the field after their loss to the Blues at Eden Park.
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Julian (L) and Ardie Savea share a moment during the game against the Blues.
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Brad Shields tries to break through the Blues' defence.
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Motu Matu'u prepares to charge through Chris Noakes of the Blues.
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Captain Hurricanes fires up the fans ahead of the home game against the Western Force.
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Andre Taylor takes on the Force defence.
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Julian Savea on the charge against the Western Force.
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Jeremy Thrush (No 4) celebrates the victory over the Force at the final whistle.
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Tusi Pisi tries to break through a Stormers tackle.
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Matt Proctor scores on debut against the Stormers.
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Victor Vito prepares for a tackle during the Hurricanes loss to the Stormers in Palmerston North.
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Alapati Leiua in action against the Stormers.
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TJ Perenara gets the offload away.
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Ben May charges ahead against the Bulls in Pretoria.
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Andre Taylor is wrapped up in the tackle.
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TJ Perenara spins the ball wide.
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Victor Vito (No 8) crunches Bulls opposite number Pierre Spies in a tackle.
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Tim Bateman offloads during the Hurricanes win over the Cheetahs.
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Try-scorer TJ Perenara makes a break against the Cheetahs.
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Stand-in captain and try-scorer Victor Vito in action against the Cheetahs.
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Beauden Barrett makes a pass as the Hurricanes beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
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Hurricanes players (left) lament their loss to the Chiefs.
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Ray Lee-Lo is tackled Pauliasi Manu of the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett lays down the law to his players ahead of the clash with the Chiefs.
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Jeffery Toomaga-Allen makes a break against the Chiefs.
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Faifili Levave of the Hurricanes makes little ground against the Brumbies' defence during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash.
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Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes runs the ball against the Brumbies in Canberra.
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Hurricanes prop Ben Franks tackles Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Canberra.
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Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is swamped by the Hurricanes' defence.
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TJ Perenara dots down for the Hurricanes while Chiefs captain Craig Clarke protests.
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Beaudeb Barrett gets a pass away against the Chiefs.
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Jeremy Thrush climbs high to win a lineout against the Chiefs.
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The Hurricanes wait on Waikato Stadium for their opponents the Chiefs.
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Julian Savea of the Hurricanes runs the ball during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes makes a break during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes passes during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
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Rey Lee-Lo of the Hurricanes fends Tamati Ellison of the Highlanders off during their round 19 Super Rugby match.
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Julian Savea in action against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes players celebrate after scoring a try against the Crusaders.
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Brad Shields goes in to score a try for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders.
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Beauden Barrett gets a kick away against the Crusaders.

Ben Franks has fired a salvo at his teammates as they start a season defining two-match tour of South Africa.

The Hurricanes suddenly have issues, ninth on the Super Rugby ladder and still searching for a back up hooker yesterday as they over-nighted in Sydney on the way to Pretoria.

And so it was a grumpy Franks who swum against the tide in the wake of Friday's 18-16 loss to the Stormers.

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FRANKS FIRES: Ben Franks has fired a salvo at his teammates as they start a season defining two-match tour of South Africa.

Far from satisfied by a pleasing step up in intensity, the loose head prop was down right peeved after another close match slipped away due to basic errors.

"It's the same things that haven't been going well like getting out of our own half, silly mistake at crucial times when we're trying to build pressure came through again," 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."

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A classic example was when the Hurricanes went up 16-13 against the Stormers, but turned over possession on their own 22m from the kick off then conceded a soft try to win Gio Aplon.

"It's not all doom and gloom, but if you want to win this competition you need to nail it. Otherwise it's just going to be a big shit-fight over the last few weeks of the round robin," Franks said.

"If you are trying to be a great team, trying to be a championship team those are the things that championship teams do. 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."

Franks was brought north from the Crusaders to demand high standards and clearly doesn't plan to ease off half way through possibly the tightest play-off race Super Rugby has seen.

He knows at least one win from their South African sortie against the Bulls and Cheetahs will be crucial, especially with the Chiefs lying in wait on their arrival back in Wellington.

"We're a 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.

"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."

The Hurricanes task won't be helped by the fact they left Wellington with only one specialist hooker in Ash Dixon.

Motu Matu'u has stayed home after breaking his right forearm against the Stormers, while Dane Coles is a month away after fracturing his cheekbone in training.

Prop Reggie Goodes is Dixon's back up for now with Manawatu's Rob Foreman and Taranaki's Timo Tuatavaha among the options to join the squad.

The return of wing Julian Savea will be a boost after he missed the last match due to the drama that surrounded his recent assault charge.

He dodged media by arriving several an hour early at Wellington airport, but is expected to play against the Bulls.

Savea is part of a 25-man travelling squad with brother Ardie, Samisoni Fisilau, James Marshall and Blade Thomson missing the cut.

Loose forward Brad Shields said the squad wouldn't shy away from the challenge in South Africa.

"We played that physical game we've been searching for, but we were just that 10 per cent off with drop balls and little errors," he said. "We can't wait. We're a team that's young and enthusiastic. If we can make sure we're mentally ready we should be right."

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