Gold Coast Titans skipper Ryan James says a lack of defensive intensity is costing his team dearly after an insipid performance against the Warriors on Saturday.

The Titans were embarrassed in going down 34 – 12 to the New Zealanders and have now lost the last three games on the trot.

The Titans look exhausted and with a six day turnaround before taking on the Rabbitohs on Friday night, James (pictured) says his team needs to lift its defensive workrate in the middle if its to have any chance against Souths.