Teens shine despite Tigers loss
Easts Tigers proved no match for the Burleigh Bears, falling to a 18-48 defeat in the final game of the Intrust Super Cup season.
The result saw Easts finish in fifth spot, setting up an Elimination Final this Saturday against the Northern Pride in Cairns.
It was a tight contest for the first 20 minutes against Burleigh before the Bears scored three unanswered tries to set up a commanding lead before the break.
Two shining lights were the performance of Storm teenagers Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and Kelma Tuilagi.
"Young Tino and Kelma, they stood up," Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
"Tino started his first game for us in the back row and Kelma had a lot of punch off the bench so there were some promising signs there.
"Kelma played 60 minutes on the weekend and did not look out of place. It will be good for his confidence getting through that many minutes and against a quality opposition like Burleigh."
BURLEIGH BEARS 48 (Sami Sauiluma 2, Joshua Berkers 2, Kurtis Rowe 2, Jamal Fogarty, Luke Page tries; Jamal Fogarty 8 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 18 (Kea Pere 2, Kelma Tuilagi, Shane Neumann tries; Brayden Torpy goal) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.