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Falcons advance in Storm feeder derby

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Young Tonumaipea is tackled by Tui Kamikamica. Credit: QRL Media/Vanessa Hafner

Sunshine Coast Falcons have booked their place in the Intrust Super Cup Preliminary Final after a thrilling 26-22 win over fellow Storm feeder side Easts Tigers.

Easts took an early lead and a 14-6 advantage heading into half-time.

However four tries for the Falcons in the second half swung the enthralling contest their way.

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Storm prop Tui Kamikamica was again dominant, playing 70 minutes up the middle and running for 102 metres.

Brandon Smith was at his aggressive best playing at lock and hooker in his return from injury while Jahrome Hughes was strong with his kick returns resulting in a game-high 215 metres.

Sunshine Coast were lead brilliantly by their halves and Storm playmakers Scott Drinkwater and Ryley Jacks.

Drinkwater’s brilliant individual try in the 67th minute proved the match-winner.

“His footballing nouse got the Falcons back in front with a try that only he would score,” Storm development coach Aaron Bellamy said.

“It would have been a really good learning experience for him. It was a big game, a tight tussle and it kept swinging. There are a couple of things he can keep learning from in that too.

“He is getting better every week with his game management playing in the halves, in a game like that he would have taken a lot out of it to be able to contribute positively.

“I thought Ryley Jacks controlled the game really well.

“His kicking game and steering the team around the part to eventually get the win, he certainly contributed to that with his game management.”

The Falcons will now face Redcliffe in a Preliminary Final on Sunday.