Richie McCaw admits he's not playing his best at the moment as part of a struggling Crusaders outfit.
The Super Rugby side looked to be hitting some form on their South African tour when they hammered the Sharks in Durban, but they have since lost two straight home games, to the Highlanders and the Chiefs.
As a result they are tenth in the Super Rugby table, with McCaw and fellow veteran All Black Dan Carter both struggling for form.
McCaw knows he is one of a few players not playing at their peak but insists the team is doing everything possible to turn things around.
"Look, I'm probably not playing to the standard, to my peak and it's probably the same for a lot of us in the Crusaders, but when you're going backwards it's hard to have an impact and in the last couple of weeks I certainly haven't had the impact I would have liked," McCaw told the New Zealand Herald.
"If you asked the players and saw how much it hurts our guys and how much effort they put into fix things you wouldn't say that.
"These guys are proud men who don't want to just go through the motions and I'm the same. We want to go out and perform every week. The nature of sport is that it's not easy to do that every week but we are certainly trying.
"Over 12 months to be at the peak of your game every week is a very tough thing to do and sometimes you just have to realise that."