Both Storm's feeder teams, the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Easts Tigers suffered losses during Round 9 of the Intrust Super Cup.
Jets edge past Tigers
The Ipswich Jets kept the pressure on ladder leaders Townsville Blackhawks by edging a resurgent East Tigers at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday afternoon.
The fourth-placed Jets romped to an early 10-0 lead, courtesy of Sam Martin and equal leading Intrust Super Cup try scorer Marmin Barba, only for a determined Tigers outfit to battle back to a 12-10 deficit at half-time.
A robust Richie Kennar led the Tigers comeback, scoring after 25 minutes before Eddie Tautali levelled proceedings. An unlikely comeback was completed when Jake Foster put the Tigers ahead shortly after the main break.
With the scores tied at 24-all late in the second half, it was the Jets who ultimately took control of the contest, taking back the lead with 10 minutes left to play when Carlin Anderson crossed to give the Jets a razor thin buffer.
An enthralling victory was secured when Josh Cleeland cut through to score out wide, giving the Jets a memorable Mothers Day win.
Easts Tigers 24
Tries: Eddie Tautali, Richie Kennar, Tommy Butterfield, Jake Foster
Goals: Shaun Nona 4
Ipswich Jets 32
Tries: Kurt Capewell 2, Marmin Barba, Josh Cleelan, Sam Martin
Goals: Carlin Anderson 6
at North Ipswich Reserve.
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Josh Seage 9. Matt Parcell 21. Daniel Vidot 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 22. Fakahoko Teutau 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell
Easts Tigers: 1. Eddie Tautali 2. Richie Kennar 3. Maeli Seve 4. Michael Kai 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 7. Grant Giess 8. Foisa Peni 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Dean Britt 17. Billy Walters
Storm take on reigning premiers South Sydney at AAMI Park, Saturday 16 May from 7:30pm. Get your tickets.
Cutters slice Falcons
The Mackay Cutters verified their title credentials with a 50-16 win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons at a sunny Stadium Mackay on Mother’s Day.
The Cutters made a faltering start to the clash as the Falcons took an early lead through Brett Doherty.
However, a clear shift in momentum took place shortly after when Justin Tavae touched down for an eye-catching try in the corner, which led to the Cutters scoring three unanswered tries before half-time.
The pressure continued to mount on the Falcons as the Cutters scored a further four consecutive tries, putting an exclamation point on an already impressive performance from the third-placed Cutters.
Despite the score line, a determined Falcons outfit refused to lie down, hitting back with a remarkable 70 metre try from fullback Sam Young, before Travis Robinson crashed over for successive tries.
Sunshine Coast Falcons 16
Tries: Sam Young, Travis Robinson, Brett Doherty
Goals: Ryan Hansen 2
Mackay Cutters 50
Tries: Jordan Pereira, Justin Tavae, Zack Walker, Brad Lupi, Josh Chudleigh, Sam Hoare, Aleki Falepaini, Brenden Treston, Michael Sio
Goals: Liam Taylor 2
at Stadium Mackay
Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Tyson Martin 4. Justin Tavae 5. Zack Walker 6. Cameron Cullen 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 14. Josh Chudleigh 10. Sam Hoare 11. Josh Osborne 12. Kelvin Nielsen 13. Chris Gesch (c) 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. Brenden Treston 17. Joss Boyton 18. Michael Sio
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Young 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Travis Robinson 4. Reinhold Kamilo 6. Ben Hampton 7. Brett Doherty 8. Jon Platt 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Mitch Ebdon 12. Jye Ballinger 13. James Ackerman 14. Jay Lobwein 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Rueben Baillie 17. Sam Satogi 19. Jacob Samoa (c)