Rugby Championship

Scoring tries not my job - Franks

2016-09-18 21:57
Owen Franks (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New Zealand prop Owen Franks broke an unwanted record in Saturday's big win over the Springboks in Christchurch.

Franks now holds the record for not scoring a single point after 84 caps for the All Blacks.

He said that as a tighthead prop his role isn't to score tries, and the wait is not something he's worried about.

"You look down the list of a tighthead prop's jobs and scoring tries is right at the bottom of it. It would be nice to get one and I will keep working hard but I have a few other things that I need to nail to keep my job, basically," Franks told Stuff.

"I can't say it's a world record I will be hanging up on the wall, or be proud of, but I will take it guess," Franks reflected immediately after the All Blacks dismissed the Springboks 41-13 at AMI Stadium.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said that Franks makes up for his lack of points scoring with his loose-play around the park.

"I know there is a bit of light-hearted talk about no tries, but you look at his contribution in the attacking side of the game," Foster said.

"Forget about the set piece, we know he does that really, really well. But some of the lines he runs, some of his passing contributions in that area are things you would probably would never have seen from Owen Franks three or four years ago.

"Now he has become a pretty vital component of our attack game. He's got a game that is really effective - it just doesn't involve scoring tries."


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