The Warriors' finals hopes are, like sands through the hour glass, slowly but surely slipping away.
In the wake of Friday's 32-24 loss to Parramatta the Auckland club are in a hole, with 11 matches left to play, and are now odds on to miss the playoffs.
They've got only five games left at Mt Smart and still have daunting trips to Townsville and Perth to come.
The Warriors have won just four matches in the last 24 months away from their Penrose base, and there is no obvious end in sight for their travel phobia.
Based on previous seasons they'll need to win at least seven of their remaining fixtures, and there is nothing to suggest they are ready to unleash that kind of consistency.
But some things are becoming clear.
Bodene Thompson's place in the side must be under serious threat, as the experienced second rower keeps turning out below par performances and players like Bunty Afoa have impressed when given the chance.
Solomone Kata was also a questionable selection on Friday night, after coach Stephen Kearney tinkered with a winning team to fit the returning Kiwi international into the team.
Kata hasn't been able to reach the heights of the previous two seasons, and will be under pressure to hold his place, given the form and hunger displayed by rookie back Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.
Shaun Johnson remains a mercurial talent, whose inconsistency encapsulates the Warriors' problems.
And Kearney, for probably the first time this season, will be feeling the heat.
The Kiwis legend was always going to have a grace period in the job, especially after the chaos of the last few years.
But that's starting to expire.
Kearney has, by Mt Smart standards, an impressive roster, but hasn't been able to meld it into a collective winning effort.
His Warriors' side is better than last year's version, but they are nowhere near making the leap from pretenders to contenders.
He's also, like Andrew McFadden before him, struggling to maximise his interchange bench.
Not for the first time this season Nathaniel Roache spent the entire match on the pine on Friday night, but the Warriors are nowhere near good enough to sacrifice a bench forward.
The Eels were missing six or seven regulars at ANZ Stadium - and lost another three during the match - but got home on desire and energy, as well as a controlling performance from five eighth Clint Gutherson.
That's why the result was so damaging.
The Warriors have had a virtual full strength squad for the last month but have little to show for it.
This Parramatta game, like the Bulldogs reverse in Dunedin and the Penrith debacle, was a match there for the taking
But it was passed up, which is why the Warriors playoffs chances are rapidly diminishing.