If the Maitland Blacks could relax just a little during last week's 63-13 romp over strugglers Southern Beaches, it's back to reality this weekend.
Maitland are at home to the highly regarded Nelson Bay, the side they edged out in last season's final to progress to the grand final.
And if the Bay wasn't already a tough proposition, they've strengthened significantly in the off-season.
"They're really powerful right across the board," Black coach Matt Thomas said.
"They've had swarm of New Zealand imports and have gone from strong, to being extremely formidable.
"They're a very big side in the forwards, powerful and aggressive at the breakdown, and they have speed to burn out wide. It's going to be a really big test for us."
The Blacks have made a solid start and are tracking nicely with three wins from four games, while the Bay have won two from four.
But this will give the Blacks a good guide of where they're really at.
"We've had four games now, and this is the time when you really want to start stringing some wins together," Thomas said.
"It's the time when you want to see improvement in the things you've been working on as a team ... maintaining pressure, reducing the silly mistakes, skills, fitness, discipline."
Lantry has no doubts it will be a tough forward game - and in that regard he believes second rowers Marcus Christensen and Gus Taylor who is stepping up from second grade, will play key roles.
He is also keen to see how the reunited centre combination of Chris Logan and Carl Manu perform.
The Blacks go in without a number of players - outside centre James Hawkins is out with a knee problem while Josh McCormack and Michael Howell are also unavailable with handle and medial injuries.
"It's a test of depth, not just for us as a team but as a club," Lantry said. "We need players to step up, and that's what a good club is all about."