MACQUARIE Scorpions face their first serious test of the Newcastle Rugby League premiership when they take on defending premiers Maitland this Saturday.
The Scorpions continued their encouraging start to the season with a 52-12 win over Central Newcastle at Toronto at the weekend.
"It was a very impressive performance by the Scorpions, and we've now won two from two in first grade and reserve grade," club secretary Stephen Woodbridge said.
"We're now about to play the stronger teams in the competition, and Maitland are going to be a much tougher proposition."
The Scorpions jumped out to an 18-nil lead over Central after only 13 minutes.
Five-eighth and man of the match Jacob Briggs sparked several attacking raids and linked with centre Royce Geoffrey down the home team's left side.
Former NRL enforcer Daine Laurie dominated most collisions.
At times, Laurie looked like a man playing against boys as he monstered several Central players in tackles.
It was a sight that Macquarie fans should savour because the big man has regained the fitness levels that are likely to see him return to the Newcastle Knights NSW Cup team as soon as this weekend.
"I don't think we'll get to see much more of Daine from here on in," Woodbridge conceded.
Macquarie led 28-6 at the break.
The most entertaining try of the game was scored by Chad Chandler and brought up the half century.
It featured some short passing down the blind side, incisive hole running, and good support play on the inside.
Coach Noel Dent did not want Macquarie to become scrappy at the death, and trainers were busy sending out messages for players to remain in the contest.
Woodbridge credited new recruit Mick Moran for his influence at halfback.
"Mick played very well in his first game for the club, and gave the side structure and direction," he said.
Wyong, meanwhile, bounced back from its Round 1 defeat to defeat Lakes United 42-16 at Kanwal on Saturday.
Halfback Alex Moore scored three tries and five goals in a much improved performance by the Roos.
This Saturday, Wyong will travel to take on Cessnock at 3pm, while Macquarie Scorpions face Maitland at Maitland Showground at 3pm.