Easts Tigers were left disappointed after coming out of their match with CQ Capras with just one point following their 24-all draw.
Easts lead by four points at the break and twice by eight before falling behind after back-to-back tries from the visitors.
Matthew Pitman leveled the scores for Easts in the 78th minute but a failed conversion from in front of the posts saw the teams share the honours.
Young Tonumaipea nearly snatched victory for the Tigers in the dying moments after breaking the line for a 40 metre run but no teammate was able to get on the end of his grubber kick.
Tonumaipea got the Tigers on their way with their first try in the 27th minute and was a standout performer at Suzuki Stadium.
“He was very good, you could see his experience and he looked dangerous with the ball whenever he got it,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“He just probably needed more ball and he was a good influence for the younger guys, very strong.”
Storm recruit Shem Tatupu also played his first game at Queensland Cup level.
The 20-year-old was solid in his first hit-out and the game will no doubt serve as invaluable experience moving forward.
Easts Tigers 24
Tries: Matthew Pitman 2, Young Tonumaipea, Foisa Peni, Leon Ellia-Niukore
Goals: Young Tonumaipea, Brentt Warr
CQ Capras 24
Tries: Aleki Falepaini, John Filipo, Adam Henry, Chanel Seigafo
Goals: Matt Minto 4