The Warriors’ high error rate has again been the focus of attention ahead of their Anzac Day NRL clash with Gold Coast in Auckland.
The number of mistakes has blighted their performances this season and proved expensive last weekend as North Queensland snatched a come-from-behind win.
“They’re really killing us at the moment,” prop Jacob Lillyman said.
“That’s what cost us the game – too many errors and they weren’t in good areas either.
“It’s fundamental execution errors and they’re unacceptable at first-grade level.”
Coach Andrew McFadden has made one change to his starting 13 in the wake of the 28-24 defeat in Townsville, with blockbusting centre Konrad Hurrell being dropped.
Hurrell, who has shown mixed form since coming back from a knee problem three weeks ago, has been replaced by David Fusitu’a.
An unchanged Warriors pack means the same six forwards have been picked to start all eight matches so far this year.
They will come up against a Gold Coast unit without the suspended Dave Taylor, but with skipper Nate Myles, who has been battling a calf complaint, set to return.
Nothing can separate the Warriors and the Titans on the table, with both sides fashioning a 3-4 win-loss record and have the same points differential.
The Queenslanders have lost their past eight matches against the Warriors, but are backing up from two big wins over Parramatta and Penrith, racking up more than 30 points both times.
Lillyman admits he’s among those surprised at how well the Titans, rocked by a drugs scandal on the eve of the season, have rebounded after starting with three straight losses.
“They’ve really put some sides to bed,” he said.
“Their last plays are very good and they have plenty of speed out wide.
“They have an underrated pack of forwards who are real workers, and they hit hard in defence, so it’s certainly going to be a challenge.”
The 31-year-old Lillyman’s own form has been building after knee surgery curtailed his pre-season and limited game time in the first two rounds.
He said McFadden had managed his return by slowly building his minutes and he was now back to full fitness.
Recalled to the Queensland Origin side in 2014, Lillyman isn’t thinking about his chances of selection in this year’s series.
“I’ve been around long around enough to know that, if you focus on that, it’s more of a distraction than anything,” he said.