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Sunshine Coast failed to overcome a slow start in their 34-22 defeat at the hands of the Burleigh Bears.

The Falcons trailed 24-nil at half-time before piling on three consecutive tries after the restart.

The Bears managed to steady though to hold on for the 12-point win.

In a great sign for Storm fans, the young trio of Ryan Papenhuyzen, Lachlan Timm and Harry Grant were all standouts for the Sunshine Coast.

“Paps was playing his first game for the Falcons and got his hands on the footy a lot and looked like he wanted to make a difference,” Storm Development coach Aaron Bellamy said.

“He had plenty of involvements, getting his hands of the footy and creating plenty of opportunities for his team.

“Timmsy started off the bench but you noticed when he came on the field he really made a difference against Burleigh who had a couple of NRL players in their pack. When he got out there he really brought some aggression to the team.

“Harry’s second half was outstanding. He ran the ball a lot once we got a few quick play-the-balls and created opportunities for his teammates.”

The Falcons will travel to face the Wynnum Manly Seagulls this Sunday afternoon. 

BURLEIGH BEARS 34 (Hayden Schwass, Troy Leo, Luke Page, Henare Wells, Dallas Wells, Sami Sauiluma, Joshua Ailaomai tries; Jamal Fogarty 3 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 22 (Matthew Soper-Lawler 2, Lachlan Roe, Ryan Papenhuysen tries; Kurt Aldridge 3 goals) at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

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