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Young Falcons brave against PNG

The PNG Hunters proved too strong for a brave Sunshine Coast side on Sunday.

The Falcons matched it with the reigning Intrust Super Cup premiers to head into half-time at 6-all but ultimately succumbed to a 12-point defeat.

18-year-old winger Junior Ratuva scored for the second consecutive game as the Storm development player continues to show great signs.

Sandor Earl also got through the entire 80-minutes but it was his leadership, in just his second game back.

"Sandor was outstanding, just being around the boys he was really good," Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen.

"It was his first game playing 80 minutes. He was strong with his carries, defensively sound but it was his experience and communication.

"We had a young side in on the weekend and he communicated really well on the weekend and made them all believe in the process.

"Young Junior was good, he is doing a fair job for an 18-year-old playing Intrust Super Cup."

PNG HUNTERS 24 (Ase Boas 2, Wawa Paul, Nixon Putt tries; Watson Boas 4 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 12 (Jacob Hind, Iliesa Ratuva tries; Ryan Papenhuyzen 2 goals) at Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby.

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.