A second half fadeout saw Easts Tigers suffer their first loss in over a month, falling to Mackay Cutters 33-10 at BB Print Stadium.
Storm youngsters Brodie Croft and Curtis Scott handed Easts a dream start with the first two tries of the game inside the opening 12 minutes.
However that was where their moment and scoring stopped, as the Cutters ran in six unanswered tries.
Scott was impressive as he continues to build after an injury-interrupted start to the season.
“Curtis was very willing, he ran again for more than 150 metres,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“He is still trying to find his feet in our system but he’s been good. I thought he was one of the pick of the Storm boys.”
The flat performance after half-time was a disappointment but the Tigers have received a valuable reality check.
It is one that will hold them in good stead for this Saturday’s home game against the CQ Capras at Suzuki Stadium.
Mackay Cutters 33 (Nathan Saumalu, Cooper Bambling, Andrew Davey, Setaimata Sa, Braden Uele, Yamba Bowie tries; Cooper Bambling 4 goals; Cooper Bambling field goal) def Easts Tigers 10 (Curtis Scott, Brodie Croft tries; Billy Walters goal) at BB Print Stadium, Mackay.