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Brisbane Tigers and Sunshine Coast Falcons sit inside the Hostplus Cup top four after recording comfortable victories at the weekend.

The Tigers shook off the disadvantage of having Marion Seve sent off for a dangerous tackle midway through the first half to record a thumping 42-8 win against Ipswich to remain unbeaten in 2022.

The Falcons saw off the PNG Hunters 22-8 on the Gold Coast with Tyran Wishart earning man-of-the-match honours on his debut in the Queensland competition.

Seve had opened the scoring for the Tigers by shrugging off a Jets defender before his game ended early. His team fell behind shortly after his departure, but the Tigers then took control, eventually scoring seven tries to two.

Storm’s Jayden Nikorima, backing up the day after being 18th man for Melbourne in Wagga, was among the scorers, finishing off a 60-metre attacking raid.

Meanwhile, Cooper Johns made his comeback from his pre-season shoulder injury for the Falcons, getting through the full 80 minutes.

Will Warbrick crossed for his third try of the year, stepping off his right foot to cross from close to the line to get the Coast’s scoring underway, as part of a game-high 218 metres in attack.

The Hostplus Cup has an Easter bye this weekend.

Storm player stats highlights

Marion Seve – 16 minutes – 1 try, 1 linebreak, 3 runs for 44 metres

Jayden Nikorima – 80 minutes – 1 try, 2 linebreak assists, 2 try assists

Jordan Grant – 40 minutes – 11 runs for 133 metres, 15 tackles

Will Warbrick – 80 minutes – 1 try, 2 linebreaks, 15 runs for 218 metres, 7 tackle breaks

Chris Lewis – 61 minutes – 11 runs for 109 metres, 2 offloads, 32 tackles

Tyran Wishart – 50 minutes – 12 runs for 155 metres, 1 linebreak, 1 linebreak assist, 4 tackle breaks, 15 tackles

Cooper Johns – 80 minutes – 2 linebreak assists

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