Melbourne Storm slammed as ’embarrassing’ in second-straight NRL loss to Gold Coast Titans

Melbourne Storm slammed as ’embarrassing’ in second-straight NRL loss to Gold Coast Titans

Melbourne Storm skipper Christian Welch has slammed his side after an “embarrassing” 38-34 defeat to the Gold Coast Titans at Robina on Saturday.

The Storm led 24-12 just before half-time in sweltering conditions and appeared set for a ninth-straight NRL victory over the Gold Coast side.

However, some poor errors from the Storm let Gold Coast back into the match and handed Melbourne a rare second-straight NRL defeat.


“That was just, once again, really disappointing,” Welch told ABC Sport.

“We try and pride ourselves on defence and it’s really embarrassing to be honest.

“38 points … I know we scored 34 but that’s not how we play our footy.

“Obviously it’s hot up here but bloody hell, we’ve gotta play a lot better than that, we’re just shooting ourselves in the foot making life really difficult for ourselves.”

The Storm’s second defeat in a row came after a poor showing against the Bulldogs last week, when the Storm were shocked 26-12 on their own turf.


“I don’t know what to tell you to be honest,” Welch said.

“Obviously [we had a] big week trying to review [last week’s loss] and try and approach the game with a really better attitude.

“We worked really hard, we got it to 24-12 about two minutes to go before half-time and we bring them into the game, they score right on half-time then penalty off the kick off, so they go down and score, then we try and offload and they score again. 


“It’s just not really what we’re about which is really frustrating.”

Christian Welch bursts through some purple paper
Christian Welch said it might be hard for the Storm to burst out of their poor rut.(Getty Images: Daniel Pockett)

As the players sweltered in baking temperatures on the field, coach Craig Bellamy looked increasingly hot and bothered in the coaches box.


Welch told ABC Sport he feared “a fair spray” upon entering the sheds: “I don’t think he’s gonna be skipping around slapping us on the back telling us how well we played”.

His fears appeared to be answered as Bellamy launched a withering takedown of his players sitting alongside his skipper in the post-match press conference.

“Our problem at the moment is the care factor seems very, very low,” Bellamy said.

‘You’d think [the response from last week] would have been better.

“I’m not quite sure how to fix it.


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