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'Road' Warriors have learned to embrace travel: Harris

Warriors back-rower Tohu Harris says the team has learned to embrace travel in 2018, which has helped them revert last season's horror away record – and will be critical as they face a tough finals campaign away from home.

If the Warriors are to break through for a maiden premiership triumph they will have to win four sudden-death finals in Sydney (with potentially a preliminary final in Melbourne).

The Warriors' horror away record last season reads one win and 11 losses; this season it is eight wins and four losses - equalling the Roosters, Storm and Sharks as the best road teams in 2018.

"There's a few reasons [for the improvement]," Harris said this week.

"We've really used the away time to get to know each other and build a chemistry with each other which has really helped us on the field.

"More planning and more professionalism around the scheduling and food and things like that the training staff and coaching staff handle.

"It's also been a focus of the players to try and improve that; last year they only had one away win and to do well in this competition you've got to do well away from home.

"That's the position we find ourselves in at the moment [facing the rest of the season away from home]. We've got to really prepare well, we've spoken about that all year."

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The Warriors have been criticised in recent years for a supposedly low-key approach to their training but Harris said he has seen none of that in his first season at the club under former Storm fitness guru Alex Corvo, who is now the Warriors' strength and conditioning coach.

"I've got nothing to compare it to really but from the moment I arrived, all the players that had been here in years past, they were just willing to do the work and work as hard as they can to change the direction of the club," Harris said.

"A lot of credit has to go to the guys who have had tough times at the Warriors because of how hard they worked and how much they wanted to change it.

"What [Corvo] brings is just holding the standards and not letting that slip. No matter what club you go to, pre-season is going to be hard.

"It's how much players can do each and every day and he holds the standard up each and every day throughout the pre-season, that's what makes training under him so hard - there's no days off.

"I think that's what he's brought to the club and it's really been beneficial for us having him there, the standards he holds.

"The players were really hungry to improve and get better and change the direction of the club."

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