Easts Tigers must win in the final round of the Intrust Super Cup season to have any chance of playing finals this year after they were defeated 24-12 by the Burleigh Bears.
Scores were level at the break before the Bears ran in two unanswered tries in the second half.
Thunderbolts product Brodie Croft scored a double for the Tigers while Cheyse Blair was a solid performer.
Young Tonumaipea played at fullback for the home side and was the standout performer on a difficult day.
“Young’s game was exceptional. Last week he ran for over 170 metres and this week he had a big game,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“He was very dangerous at the back, they put up a couple of high, spiral bombs and he didn’t drop one.
“He was outstanding for us at the back.”
Easts must now beat Mackay Cutters and rely on Souths Logan to lose to the top-of-the table Redcliffe Dolphins in order to make the finals.