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Bellamy puts Storm NRL players on notice

By AAP Newswire

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has put his players on notice after their shock capitulation against Canberra, saying they need to lift or they won't be a part of their NRL finals campaign.

Leading prop Jesse Bromwich said it had been a tough week following the Storm's four point loss, which came after they gave up an 18-0 lead for the first time in the club's history.

Bellamy flogged the players in their Monday training session after a video review which wasn't pretty, with their poor handling and discipline the stand-out features.

"We copped a good one," Bromwich said.

"It was a long, intense session and we got some good hard work in and we've learnt what we needed to.

"Everyone's pretty much been put on notice this week so it's a big game for us."

Bellamy said after the Raiders match that he team had looked complacent heading into the second half with such a commanding lead.

It was their second loss on home turf in three weeks.

Bromwich said they wouldn't make the same mistake against last-placed Gold Coast, who they host at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

"We're definitely not getting complacent," he said.

"The last time we played the Titans they got the jump on us early and it got to 10-nil pretty quickly so we will definitely be ready to go from the start this week.

"The Titans are a good pack - I think that's where their strength is so it will be a good battle."

The vice-captain said that the only up-side from their loss to the Raiders was that the coaches looked at their weaknesses more intently which would help them ahead of finals.

"We definitely don't like losing and we take them quite hard but that's a good thing as it makes us strive to be better.

"Losing definitely makes you look at yourself a bit harder than if we won by two points."

The Storm welcome super-sub Brandon Smith back from an ankle injury while premiership centre Curtis Scott has been named among the reserves as he continues his comeback from an foot problem.