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Feeder report: NRL State Championship

Brisbane Tigers memorable 2023 season has come to a bittersweet end, the Hostplus Cup champions going down 42-22 to a strong South Sydney outfit in Sunday’s NRL State Championship game.

A chance to go head-to-head with the NSW Cup Premiers, the Tigers were unable to replicate the previous fortnight’s heroics where they held on for a thrilling 22-18 win over the Burleigh Bears.

Seven Storm contracted players were in action on NRL Grand Final Day, suiting up for the Tigers just a fortnight after the club broke the club’s 32-year premiership drought.

In a memorable HostPlus Cup season, the Tigers scored the third most points of any team, Brisbane-based outfits attack clicking into gear as they showed their ability to score from all areas of the field.

Storm’s young talent shone bright on the big stage, Joe Chan, Tristan Powell and Jonah Pezet all impressing in their first and second seasons respectively.

Meanwhile, experienced winger George Jennings enjoyed a stellar season on the wing, scoring 13 tries from his 15 appearances in 2023.

Chan and Powell were rewarded for their impressive campaigns, Chan taking home Brisbane Tigers Rookie of the Year and Powell awarded Brisbane Tigers Best Forward at their annual Player of the Year Awards night.

Meanwhile, experienced forward Chris Lewis was rewarded for his consistent performances for the Sunshine Coast Falcons on their way to a Week 2 Finals berth, named Best Forward of the year for the Sunshine Coast Falcons. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.