Elijah Taylor On What’s Wrong With The Warriors

Elijah Taylor at training on Wednesday

By STEVE MASCORD

THEY racked up 50 points including two hat-tricks to bring down the house on Saturday but departing back-rower Elijah Taylor says the Warriors still aren’t playing the sort of football that will finals matches.

The Aucklanders travel to WIN Stadium on Saturday for a clash with St George Illawarra that could secure them a finals spot.

But according to Taylor, who joins Penrith next season, the big 50-16 margin against Canberra masks some nagging deficiencies in the Warriors’ game.

“Defensively, it wasn’t our best night – Canberra exposed us a lot,” the 23-year-old said.

“Everybody knows we’re capable of that (attacking) footy but it’s a double-edged sword. Sometimes it doesn’t come off and we pay the price.

“Sometimes we paid the price (against the Raiders). We’ve got to learn to turn that off and on, we’ve got to play boring, play effective, and then throw the ball around.

“We can’t expect to throw it around and shoot ourselves in the foot all the time. We’ve got a long way to go, building pressure –wise, as a team.

“Giving away a silly penalty when we’ve got them coming off their line – we did that three times in the first half. You can’t do that against a good team like the Roosters and Melbourne – or any of the top eight teams.

“But if we play an 80 minute game, we’ll be hard to stop.”

Taylor was presented with a framed jersey by inaugural Warriors captain Dean Bell at fulltime on Saturday, to commemorate his service to the club.

“This will always be home, the Warriors will always be home,” he said. “It’s more about the win. I’m more happy about the win and the way we won.”

NB: Since this story appeared, the Warriors failed to make the 2013 finals.

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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