The Brisbane Tigers and Sunshine Coast Falcons have secured their places in Week 1 of the Hostplus Cup finals after recording dominating wins in Round 22.
It was a do-or-die match for the Falcons on Saturday, and a clinical 37-12 performance over the Tweed Seagulls did the job, securing them a top 8 spot.
Sua Fa’alogo continued his point-collecting efforts, scoring a double in the second-half, both converted and then tied-off with a Ryan Papenhuyzen field-goal.
Since shifting to the wing for Papenhuyzen, Fa’alogo has found a home amongst the outside backs. Topping the field in run metres (209) and line-breaks (3), the young-gun was never far away from the action also chalking up two try-assists and seven tackle-breaks.
The Tigers then went on to finalise the weekend’s games with a solid 21-point victory over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the inaugural Paul Green Medal Memorial Day, with forward Alec MacDonald named the first medallist after an impressive defensive performance.
Other Storm affiliates were also in the mix with developing players Joe Chan, Cole Geyer and Tristan Powell amongst the seven try scorers, while Jonah Pezet racked up 13-points through conversions, a penalty goal and field goal.
Brisbane will kick of the 2023 Finals run on Saturday against the Souths Logan Magpies at Logan Metro Sports Complex, while the Sunshine Coast will continue their run on Sunday at Kayo Stadium against the Redcliffe Dolphins.