FALCONS fans have endured a couple of very lean seasons so they could be excused for thinking "here we go again" after their team started its 2015 campaign with consecutive losses.
But captain Tom Murphy is urging supporters to stay positive.
An error-strewn Sunshine Coast was beaten 28-12 by Burleigh at Pizzey Park yesterday, finding a familiar place on the Intrust Super Cup ladder in the process.
Despite fears the 2013 and 2014 wooden spoon recipient could again be in for a long season, backrower Murphy promised patience would be rewarded.
He believed the club is adjusting to its new affiliation with Melbourne, in which some of the Storm's fringe players lace up for the state league side each week.
"The vibe is still pretty positive," he said.
"It's only our second time we've played together.
"It won't be too long now until we start finding our combinations and start finding our feet a bit and start getting some two points."
Murphy said the team will gel better with time and familiarity.
"We've had zero training sessions together (with the Storm players so far)," he said.
"We haven't even had a chance to get out on the training paddock and practise our plays and I think as soon as we get a few training sessions under our belts and we get a few more games, the little things are going to start clicking and we're going to be right in the games.
"Where we fall off a little bit from those silly mistakes, I think that will kind of clean up a bit when we learn each other's games."
Murphy had a simple message for the naysayers.
"We're working hard. We know what we've got to do; it's just a matter of getting out there and doing it.
"We improved in this game in some areas and we've got a lot of areas we need to improve on still but we're always trying to get better," Murphy said.
Storm backs Ben Hampton and Hymel Hunt were impressive yesterday, as was Coast-based backrower Jacob Samoa. The Falcons will meet Ipswich Jets at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday. The Jets last night defeated CQ Capras 28-26 in a thriller at Rockhampton.
(T Chadburn, C Broadhurst, C Hazard, M Ioane, J Ailaomai tries; Z Mackay 4 goals)
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(C Klein, J Samoa tries; C McGrady 2 goals)
Courtesy of Steele Taylor of Sunshine Coast Daily