Warriors adapting to Kearney's style
It has been far from an ideal start to the Stephen Kearney era at the Warriors, and this week prop James Gavet admitted some players were still battling to adapt to the plan set out by their new head coach.
After beginning the season with a victory over the Newcastle Knights, the Warriors have lost three-straight matches to sit 14th on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder at the conclusion of four rounds.
But ahead of Sunday's match against the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland, Gavet pleaded for patience as the squad continued to adjust to their new style.
"I think just implementing his [Kearney's] plan has been hard for a few of the players to grasp, but we are slowing jumping on board and we have been showing some signs of playing some really good footy," Gavet said.
"It's maybe just that one or two per cent of finishing off [plays] that has been the chink in our armour, but we will get there."
While several members of the Warriors' squad have been coached by Kearney in the Kiwis, Gavet has the added insight of having spent the 2015 season working with him at the Brisbane Broncos, where Kearney served as an assistant to Wayne Bennett.
"I have been under 'Mooksie' at the Broncos and he was nothing but good for us there," Gavet said.
"So I do trust his process and I think if we are all on board with that then we will start showing people who we truly are.
"We believe that we do have a good culture here and that whatever has been happening is just because we are slowly adapting to a different system."
Despite their inauspicious start to the season, the Warriors have shown glimpses in each game which suggest they have enough quality to compete with the NRL's top sides.
Prior to last week's error-fest against the Dragons, where the Kiwi franchise coughed up 19 mistakes, they enjoyed consecutive matches where they completed at 80 per cent or higher, and despite not being able to hold a team to fewer than 22 points so far, have produced periods of good defence.
Star recruit Kieran Foran, who has been named to make his club debut in Round 5 despite battling a hamstring injury, said that the signs were positive.
"Things just aren't clicking at the moment, but we are not getting beaten on effort, the effort is really there," Foran said.
"We are really fighting tooth and nail to get those two points.
"We are just struggling to get over the line at the moment and we are probably letting in a couple too many soft tries. If we can half that then we will give ourselves every opportunity to be in the contest.
"I know what we are capable of, I have seen what we can do and how hard we have worked in the pre-season.
"Once we build some momentum and string some wins together there is no doubt in my mind we can make a charge."