Sunshine Coast put up a much-improved effort but it was not enough to overcome a formidable Redcliffe side, eventually going down 28-8.
It was the Falcons third straight loss but the effort was certainly there.
The home side trailed by just six points at half-time before the Dolphins’ bigger bodies eventually took control of the contest, scoring three tries to one in the second half.
Mark Nicholls and Ben Hampton were the two Storm players in action as they increased their match fitness heading into the back end of the year.
“Nicko was really good, he tries hard every week and it is a pleasure to have someone with his experience back,” Falcons coach Craig Ingebritsen said.
“It is also the way he buys into our process and fits in. It was a big tick for the big fella.
“Benny will be better for the run, he got 60 minutes out so it was good for him to get that time.
“We are always happy to have Benny in our footy team because of what a special player he is but he is also special to the group.”
The Falcons have now dropped to tenth spot on the Intrust Super Cup ladder but sit just one point outside the top six.
They travel to face Northern Pride in a must-win clash on Sunday.
Sunshine Coast 8
Tries: Callum Klein, Samuel Wright
Redcliffe Dolphins 28
Tries: Daniel Bridge, Zach Strasser, Christopher Gesch, Charlie Faingaa, Brandon Lee
Goals: Darren Nicholls 4