WELLINGTON - Front-rowers and flashy talk aren't common rugby bedfellows.
So it's no surprise that Dane Coles and Ben Franks have warned their Hurricanes teammates to stay firmly grounded ahead of today's match against Queensland in Wellington.
The All Blacks' pair say getting carried away with three straight wins could undo all the hard work that has lifted them from near the foot of the Super Rugby table to seventh at the midway point of the season.
A 4-4 win-loss record leaves their season at a crossroads while the 12th-placed Reds (3-5) are reaching desperation stakes, having lost their past two games.
Hooker Coles says one reason the Hurricanes haven't reached the playoffs since 2009 is their inability to maintain consistent high standards.
They played to their potential in last week's 39-20 home win over the Blues, he said.
"But in previous years, we might have had one good, physical game and then the next week dropped - we weren't consistent enough," Coles said.
"This year, we want to be real consistent, week in, week out. There's plenty of belief but we've got to keep our feet firmly on the ground because we've only won four games."
The physicality of the Hurricanes' pack has allowed a star-studded backline to express themselves.