Some of the Crusaders players aren't doing their jobs, says fullback Israel Dagg, who has not omitted himself from criticism.
Dagg, who has struggled to reproduce his dashing All Black form in Super Rugby this season and admitted missing "about five" tackles in Sunday's lacklustre win over the Rebels, spoke candidly yesterday about the frustrations in the Crusaders camp this season.
His comments come as the team prepares for the pace-setting Brumbies this Sunday.
The Crusaders "weren't there mentally" against the Rebels. "Everyone was missing tackles," he said.
The players were being a bit too nice to each other instead of demanding a lot better.
"There are certain guys that are doing their jobs and then certain guys that aren't doing their jobs and it's impacting the team, but in saying that we were lucky to get a win and we're still in this competition."
His comments showed the players are as frustrated as the fans with the inconsistency that sees them with a five-win, four-loss record.
"You might do something that's reasonably okay and then you let other things come into your game that you never do. It's frustrating and it's affecting our team and affecting our game."
Dagg said he thought a few of the boys were looking in the mirror on their day off on Monday.