Easts Tigers have hit a speed bump on their charge to the finals, defeated by the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22-6 at Kougari Oval.
A poor completion rate of 61% told the story as the Tigers struggled to generate any real momentum.
The shining line for Storm fans were the performances of forwards Charlie Galo, Robbie Rochow and Nate Myles.
Rochow and Myles dropped out of last week’s extended squad to face Manly but their performances in reserve grade will have them once again knocking on the door of selection.
“The things the coaching staff wanted Nate to work on, he went back and got stuck into,” Storm development coach Marc Brentnall said.
“He’s started to work on the little things to get himself back in the team, He always brings his work rate, he was nice and tough through the middle.
“Robbie was really solid on the right edge and defended well. He didn’t get a whole heap of ball and opportunity but when he did he gave it some punch.
“He’s just got to be consistent and get his ball in his hands more. He adds a fair bit of experience so I know that Brodie Croft and Young Tonumaipea enjoy playing with him.”
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22 (David Mead, Mitch Frei, Jeriah Goodrich, Stedman Lefau tries; Shaun Nona 3 goals) def Easts Tigers 6 (Steven Thorpe try; Brayden Torpy goal) at BMD Kougari Oval.