Vito denies there is a rift in Hurricanes camp

Hurricanes loose forward Victor Vito has denied that there is friction in the camp and says it could not be further from the truth.

The Hurricanes have made their worst start to Super Rugby and have won just one match from six including a shocking performance against the Rebels.

New coach Mark Hammett has also publicly criticised his players’ attitude and character.

It is all in stark contrast to the previous coach Colin Cooper’s methods but Vito says that the team’s unity is still there.

Vito says that the team will be get even closer over the coming three weeks as they hit the road for matches against the Brumbies, the Cheetahs and Sharks.

“It is a good opportunity for the boys to bond. But we’ve been doing a lot of that anyway before,” the No.8 told Sportal.

“All the boys have joked about the talk in the media of friction in the team but it’s far from it.”

“We’re really looking forward to this (next three weeks) and the challenge to get ourselves back to winning ways.”

The tour should define the Hurricanes season as they desperately need wins to get off the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

“It is a little bit make or break. But every game we play is make or break because we don’t go out there to lose,” said Vito.

“But the more losses you accrue it gets a little bit harder. We’re definitely up for the challenge though.”

Some of the players have admitted to feeling down and second five-eighth Ma’a Nonu had admitted that he has never felt so low during his rugby career.

“I spoke to Ma’a about that,” said Hammett.

“The last thing I want is a guy feeling like he feels that he has got to give more.”

“He gave as much as he could at the weekend and it’s a team sport.”

Hammett is staying positive and says that they can draw a lot of confidence from their effort in Napier

“We all go through lows and they pass. Sometimes they take a bit of time and they take a lot of hard work and a bit of self-assessment. But this will pass.

“We just need to keep working on our personal performance, keep working on the little parts of our game that we can control.”

“We need to take the good parts out of the weekend and move forward and start steadying up the parts that aren’t where they need to be.”

Captain Andrew Hore has admitted that it has been a tough few weeks for the players but added that they are not far away from getting things right.

“It is tough (hearing all the criticism). But you just come back to making sure you’re doing your own stuff right and fronting up and being able to look yourself in the mirror and make sure you are doing the best you can for you and then your team after that,” the hooker said.

“I’m pretty confident I’m doing that at the moment and the boys are all trying pretty hard. We’re not miles away but I suppose I’ve said that quite a few times.

“But we’re not far away from where we need to be. If we can just keep building on (what we did against the Bulls) we might be able to finish the season on a bit of a high.”

The 50-Test veteran also dismissed that World Cup selection was weighing on the minds of the Hurricanes’ All Black players.

“I don’t think so at all. You’ve got to play pretty good rugby to there for a start,” he said.

“There are a few of us with a bit of pressure on. We’ve got to get a bit of form together and hopefully get into that World Cup squad.

“But it’s a long way away and, like I’ve said before, there are six or eight other people who play in our positions trying to get that spot.

“We’ve got to fix up what we’re doing for the Hurricanes, enjoy what we’re doing and then it will be quite a good year.”

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