Elijah Taylor: Home-truths key for Warriors
Elijah Taylor has pinpointed a no-holds-barred meeting held after a humiliating loss to Penrith as the catalyst for the Warriors' recent NRL turnaround.
Matt Elliot's side have chalked up five successive wins having hit rock bottom following the club record 62-6 defeat in May.
For a squad brimming with talent but riddled by inconsistency there was a realisation something needed to be done.
Upon their return to Auckland the players sat in a room together and the home truths poured out.
Kiwi Test utility Taylor admits much of what was said wasn't for the thin skinned but it's certainly had the right effect with a 56-14 thumping of Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium being swiftly followed by wins over high-flying Manly and the Sydney Roosters to put the team on the cusp of the top-eight spot.
"We had a crisis meeting as soon as we got off the plane after the Penrith game," Taylor told AAP.
"There was a lot of deep conversations with one another and people were made to stand accountable for their actions.
"It was deep. There was a lot of very honest stuff said.
"Honesty is the best way to get things off your chest.
"We're all men and we all judge each other because we are footy players and we want to win."
The Warriors face their biggest test of the season on Sunday when they take on a red-hot South Sydney side in Perth.
In addition to overcoming the effects of a seven-and-half hour flight - the longest to be undertaken by an NRL team this year - Taylor and co. must find also find a way of stopping Michael Maguire's table-toppers.
But having accounted for the Roosters three weeks ago at Allianz Stadium and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat with a 18-16 win against Brisbane at Mt Smart Stadium last week, Taylor said the team are on a roll.
"We really feel we've turned the corner," said the in-form back-rower, who's scored four tries in his last five games.
"We know we've made a lot of mistakes on the way, but we have some great players in this team.
"But that doesn't always count for everything. All the boys have turned it up for training and showing that intensity has given us a real chance on the field in games."