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Easts Tigers smashed Sunshine Coast on Saturday to run out 38-8 winners in the Storm feeder derby.

A total of 11 Storm players were in action across both sides.

Easts scored four tries within the first 20 minutes and led 30-nil at the break in a scintillating first half display.

Scott Drinkwater was at his creative best with a try and two assists from fullback. The youngster did pick up an ankle injury with details to be confirmed in the Storm injury report later this week.

Young Tonumaipea scored a timely hat-trick whilst playing in the centres, putting him in strong contention to come in for Will Chambers following his suspension.

It was also another strong performance from new recruit Patrick Kaufusi who is beginning to put a string of good outings together.

“Young over the last couple of weeks has been improving every week and he scored three tries over the weekend. He is ready to go (for NRL) which will be good for him,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.

“Patrick over the last two weeks has played in the back row and has been producing his best form. It was another 80-minute performance from him in the heat, he is playing really well.

“The Melbourne boys are stepping up and showing their class.”

EASTS TIGERS 38 (Young Tonumaipea 3, Scott Drinkwater, Brett Greinke, Linc Port, Patrick Kaufusi tries; Brayden Torpy 5 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 8 (Justin Olam, Harry Grant tries) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.

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