AN early downpour was not enough to keep 6000 rugby league fans from Sunshine Coast Stadium last night for an NRL trial between the Storm and the Tigers.
The crowd was treated to a fine display of football as both sides attempted to fine-tune the systems they had worked so hard on during a gruelling pre-season.
Hard-core Melbourne Storm fans and Caloundra locals Lisa Whitchurch and Joshua Kane were among those relishing the first NRL trial to be played on the Coast in seven years.
"It is great to have the NRL teams here for the match," Mrs Whitchurch said.
The pair made the most of having their beloved club here and attended Friday's open training session.
Mrs Whitchurch said she and Joshua could not believe the hospitality shown to them by their heroes Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.
"We came down and got some signatures and some photos with Billy Slater which was fantastic," she said.
"We would have lined up for at least an hour and a half, maybe two hours, and there was a massive line behind us too."
The Sunshine Coast Falcons played a three-way-trial against Easts Tigers and the Coast-based Melbourne Storm under-20s.
The Tigers beat the Storm 18-16.