Sunshine Coast Falcons finished strongly but it was not enough, ultimately falling short to Tweed Heads Seagulls 22-16 on Sunday.
Trailing 22-4, the Falcons piled on three tries in 12 minutes at the end with Rowan Klein bagging a double.
New Storm recruit Ryan Morgan stepped out for his first hit out since joining Melbourne and showed enough signs from limited chances in the match.
“Ryan was solid even though he didn’t get a lot of good ball,” Falcons coach Craig Ingebritsen said.
“He will be better for that experience… he saved a try on our try line, hit the ball hard but didn’t get a lot of opportunities.”
Joe Stimson and Thunderbolts product Jake Turpin also put in good performances in the losing side.
The late surge at the end resulted in a change of tactics by the visitors.
“We changed structurally a little bit with the way we played,” Ingebritsen said.
“We got into a little bit of a rhythm and were certainly coming over the top of them but we just ran out of time.”
The seventh-placed Falcons will be back at home this Sunday to take on Souths Logan Magpies.
Storm’s other Feeder side Easts Tigers had the bye this week and will travel to face the Ipswich Jets on Saturday.