The Falcons returned from Townsville without the points but with plenty of confidence after pushing the highly fancied Blackhawks all the way.

Sunshine Coast trailed by just four points and had their chances to go in front before a try to the home side with four minutes to play put the result beyond doubt and sealed the 22-12 defeat.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Roosters, Saturday 23 July, 7:30pm.

Despite coming up short, Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen was proud of the effort his young side put in.

“I was really wrapped in the performance. I thought the effort was good… our execution was poor but our effort was really good,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“We come back from there really confident, we played the best side in the competition and took them to the wire.”

Curtis Scott scored a try on the stroke of half-time while Tony Tumusa slotted both of his conversions.

However it was Joe Stimson who was the standout for the Falcons, labeled best afield by his coach.

“Joey did a lot of off the ball stuff, he was really active for us on the weekend and we are really happy with him,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“He is doing all the right things, he’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing and he will get rewarded long term for hard work and effort.

“I am really proud of Joey, he has certainly done himself and his club proud.”

The Falcons travel to take on Mackay Cutters this Saturday at 6pm.