Young Fijian shows promise for Falcons
Sunshine Coast slipped out of the Intrust Super Cup top six on Saturday with a 32-28 defeat to the Ipswich Jets.
The Falcons led by 10 points at half-time but could not sustain the pressure as they surrendered four unanswered tries after the break.
All five of their tries came courtesy of Storm players with 19-year-old winger Junior Ratuva providing a shining light.
The young Fijian produced two line breaks, 113 run metres and scored the game's final try in the 74th minute.
"He was really good for us, someone of that age playing against men," Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.
"On the weekend he was really urgent, he wanted the footy, wanted to be in the contest and cared for his teammates.
"He is coming along really well and he is going to be a good prospect for the Melbourne Storm long term."
IPSWICH JETS 32 (Michael Purcell, Billy McConnachie, Huskie Teutau, Marmin Barba, Jayden Connors, Ben White tries; Marmin Barba 4 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 28 (Justin Olam, Harry Grant, Ryley Jacks, Thomas Eisenhuth, Iliesa Ratuva tries; Matt Soper-Lawler 4 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.