Hurrell axing a warning for Warriors
One high-profile star has already paid the price for the Warriors' abysmal error count in recent weeks, and the players know more will follow if there isn't drastic improvement this Saturday.
Over the past four rounds the New Zealand side have averaged 18.5 errors per game, making them the Telstra Premiership's worst overall offenders with 97 total errors.
Veteran hooker Thomas Leuluai said Konrad Hurrell's axing this week had the side on high alert head of the Anzac Day clash with the Titans at Mt Smart Stadium.
"Cappy (coach Andrew McFadden) making changes has shaken the group up a bit and got us to put a bit more focus on it," Leuluai told NRL.com.
"He has put the pressure on by making changes and it shows if you make those you have to go down and practice it in reserve grade.
"We can't keep coming here and talking about errors – we are professional sportsman and the errors we are making are fundamental.
"Anyone in this environment shouldn't be making those errors, the clean drops and that, they aren't high-skilled plays… the errors are basic."
The dropping of Hurrell to the NSW Cup has been met with bewilderment by much of the Warriors' fan base.
While one of the club's worst offenders when it comes to handling errors this season, with eight in his past three games, Hurrell has also been one of their best ball carriers and last week ran for 213 metres off 12 carries.
"Errors are a part of our game but the type of errors we are making are really hurting us at the moment," McFadden said.
"We have addressed it, again, but it's really up to the individuals now.
"I have had to make some people accountable and hopefully that shocks them into some form this week.
"Konrad's [dropping] wasn't just about the errors, there were some other things he has to work on as well in his game.
"There was a temptation to make other changes but I feel some guys need that second chance."
With his side sitting 11th on the table with a 3-4 record Leuluai went as far as to say they could be sitting on six wins heading into Round 8 if they had treated the ball with more respect.
"100 per cent, we are making too many errors and it's costing us. We have been in every game bar the Melbourne one and we should have won nearly every one of them," Leuluai said.
"Accountability [is how we fix it], and the individual practicing and working on it. Getting right back to basics pretty much.
"I haven't been making excuses and I am pretty sure no one else has."
Captain Simon Mannering added that errors on top of errors were the main thing killing their chances of victory, forcing the side to endure long periods of defensive work.
"It's not so much the error but making them back-to-back… it really adds up," Mannering said.
"It was right throughout our team and I was definitely more than guilty of it on the weekend.
"We need to focus on if we do make one then don't compound it with another, I think we did six in a row at one point there last week which just makes it too hard defensively on the team.
"It's about being a bit smarter sometimes and taking a bit more care in the carry and don't throw it around so much."