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Sunshine Coast have asserted themselves on the competition with a stirring win over the highly-fancied Redcliffe Dolphins.

It was a tight contest that saw the scores locked at 14-all during half-time.

The Falcons scored the first two tries after the restart, one through Justin Olam and holding off a fast finishing Redcliffe for a four-point win.

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It was the third consecutive game Olam has found the try line, with the PNG winger striking a rich vein of form in the second half of the year.

“He was been great for us the whole season, I don’t think he ever comes up here and doesn’t put a good performance in,” Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen.

“Full credit to him and the way he has applied himself again. His rewards aren’t far off, he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.

“Whilst he keeps playing like that and getting us on the front foot he is going to keep everyone in Melbourne honest.”

Scott Drinkwater was the other Storm player in action for the Falcons and he was impressive once again at five-eighth.

“To be honest he has really matured since he started playing against men,” Ingebrigtsen said.

“Every week he grows within our group and he is actually a leader in our group which is a big ask for a 19-year-old to be leading a footy team around and he is doing such a good job at that.

“I am just really happy for him as a young man and a player.”

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