Sunshine Coast have let their good form slip with a disappointing 26-18 defeat to the bottom-placed Mackay Cutters on Saturday.
The Falcons never really got going in the contest as poor ball control proved their down fall.
Curtis Scott scored a second half try while Tony Tumusa had another perfect week with the boot, converting all three of his attempts.
On a tough day it was difficult to find too many standouts for the Falcons but two Storm boys fought hard all day.
“Mark Nicholls was good, Mark tried really hard, he carried the ball really well for us,” Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.
“Joe Stimson tried really hard and made good metres with the ball.
“I was just pretty disappointed to be quite honest. I just don’t think we had the energy we had the week before. We just really did not give ourselves a chance.”
The Falcons now remain in the top eight by a single point and will face a tough test this weekend against the second-placed Redcliffe Dolphins at home.
MACKAY CUTTERS 26
Tries: Patrick Mago, Liam Taylor, Joss Boyton, Braden Uele, Joshua Chudleigh
Goals: Liam Taylor 3
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 18
Tries: Ryley Jacks 2, Curtis Scott
Goals: Tony Tumusa 3 goals