Melbourne Storm’s two feeder clubs the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Brisbane Tigers packed their bags and headed out for Activate! Queensland Country Week for their respective Round 18 clashes.
While the Tigers fell 38-12 to the Tweed Seagulls in their clash at Kilcoy, the Sunshine Coast Falcons spoilt Northern Pride’s party in the far north Queensland town of Weipa, running out 24-8 winners.
Tries to Storm contracted players Aaron Pene, Bronson Garlick and Jayden Nikorima put the Falcons in the box seat for a majority of the contest, with the win now seeing the Falcons leapfrog the Pride into the top-eight.
While Storm player Young Tonumaipea was sin binned midway through the first half, it mattered very little with teammate Bronson Garlick scoring just moments before Tonumaipea was set to return to the field.
Falcons were also perfect with the boot, Jai Smoothy and Jack Wright both nailing their two conversion attempts each.
Meanwhile, the Tigers headed west for its clash against the Tweed Seagulls, with the local town of Kilcoy playing host for the clash as the Tigers looked to maintain its three-game winning streak.
With seven Storm contracted players suiting up for the Tigers, it was tries to two former NRL players Leivaha Pulu and Corey Thompson that saw the Tigers jump out to an early 12-6 lead after 15 minutes.
That joy would be short-lived however, the Seagulls running in five unanswered tries to secure the victory.
Next week will see the Falcons remain on the road, heading to Maryborough to take on the Wynum Manly Seagulls, while the Tigers return home to Totally Workwear Stadium to face the PNG Hunters.