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Storm coach Craig Bellamy has voiced his opinion on the mid-season shoulder charge penalty change.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy insists his side won't underestimate the Gold Coast Titans in Sunday's clash at AAMI Park. 

Bellamy was impressed with the Gold Coast's 30-12 win over Newcastle in Round 1, and said the Titans were already proving their critics wrong.

"It was pretty impressive really, they put a fair few points on Newcastle, and to do it in those conditions as well is pretty good," Bellamy said.

"I think they're a very energetic and enthusiastic team, and I think all of the critics that wrote them off early in the year will probably be looking to take their words back at the moment.

"I watched their trial against Souths, the game against Newcastle and the Nines, and they're going along really well and they should be really proud of the way they're going, so we know it's going to be one hell of a challenge for us on Sunday."

Bellamy, who re-signed with the Storm last week, said his side couldn't afford to drop their intensity against one of the NRL's wooden spoon favourites – having been beaten by last-placed teams three times in 2015.

"I wouldn't hope [for complacency], after some of our ups and downs of last year with our inconsistency, there's no place for that," he said.

"If we get complacent with the Titans and the way they're going and how they are playing at the moment, we're going to get hurt."

The Storm will go into the game on the back of a tight 18-16 win over the Dragons in Round 1, having fought back from a slow start which saw them trail 10-0 early in the contest after a couple of soft tries.

"We could have and should have stopped [those tries], but other then that I thought our defence was really good, so we just need to start with a better defensive attitude then we had in the first 10-15 minutes," Bellamy said.

"We defended well at times but as soon as you switch off, especially in this competition, someone's going to burn you."



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