Welcome to Fortress Maitland where the facilities are second to none and the hits as hard as they come.
That's the intimidating message Maitland Pickers coach Matt Lantry hopes his side has sent to the rest of the President's Cup competition after their comprehensive 28-0 win against Dubbo CYMS at Maitland Sportsground on Saturday.
The Pickers next President's Cup home game is against Glebe Burwood Wolves on August 15. This Sunday they travel to take on fellow undefeated team Hills Bulls in what will be match of the round and a huge test of both teams' credentials as early competition favourites.
Like any coach, Lantry was delighted with the clean-sheet from Saturday's performance but relished the sound of the increasingly hard hits in defence and attack.
"The physicality with which we played was impressive. There were some really good shots out there, particularly through the course of the second half," he said.
"We want any team that comes to the Maitland Sportsground to walk off the park knowing that they have had a physical contest."
The fans loved it as well and the sight of locals Sam Anderson, Jayden Butterfield, Cooper Jenkins and Ben Ireland and 2020 signings Henry Penn, James Taylor, Faitotoa Faitotoa, Jared Anderson and Marvin Filipo making crunching tackles and smashing the line like battering rams.
But it wasn't just the big boys up front, every Pickers player in defence was committed to the cause and left Dubbo frustrated and bewildered about how they could cross the Maitland line.
"As a coach the zero was the most pleasing thing. Six sets on our goal-line at the end of the first half, if they score there it's a probably a 6-4 scoreline at half-time," Lantry said.
"In the end we turned them away six times and we got a penalty, generated quick play the ball and Alex (Langbridge) speeds through the middle third and it's 10-0.
"That period was probably defining for us and maybe deflated Dubbo a little bit going into half-time. Being still zero after having six attacking sets you start questioning how are you going to break this footy team down.
"It's a mentality we're building here on the accountability of our defensive efforts.
"While we stuck to a process defensively the pleasing thing was that we scrambled and scrapped our way to holding them out.
"There was another period in the second half when they had three sets on our line and we put ourselves under pressure with a play-one error but we were able to hold them out and defend again.
"To hold them out to zero is the most pleasing aspect of the game."
Even within only minutes to go the pressure to keep a clean sheet was unrelenting with a combined play by backs Chad O'Donnell, Willis Alatani and Matt Soper-Lawler typifying that effort by bundling a Dubbo attacker over the sideline.
"They are big plays, to do what Chaddy did there with the support of Willis and Matty was again one of those key moments when you just relieve the pressure on yourself. You can get the ball back and away you go," Lantry said.
Alatani pulled off another inspirational effort when he managed to jump and somehow deflect a kick, bound for touch, off his legs and back into play 30 metres from the Maitland line.
"We've got some real talent in this footy team and it's across the park. If we can put our performance together as a collective group for 80 minutes we will give ourselves a chance in any game," Lantry said.
Back-rowers Jenkins and Penn both put in quality 80-minute performances to give their coach the ability to maximise the impact of his other forwards.
"If you don't have to replace your back-rowers it is like gold. There are back-rowers who play 80 minutes who float in and out of the game but there's back-rowers who are constantly in the game," Lantry said.
"You can see the contribution from Cooper Jenkins and Henry Penn on the edge, they were constantly in the game and challenging the opposition defence and then doing their share in their own defensive line.
"We only had to make two changes in the first half and that leaves you six in the shed for the rest of the game so you can start to rotate a bit more.
"We only made six changes today, it's a credit to our conditioning coach Oliver Moody. He has done a tremendous job to get us to where we are."
Skipper Alex Langbridge and vice-captain Sam Anderson showed exactly why they fill the two senior leadership roles at the club.
Anderson was huge in the first half in what was probably his best performance in Pickers colours.
Langbridge is a demon in defence and his sure hands and lightning disposal gave halves Brock Lamb, who was best on ground, and Chad O'Donnell time and space to plot the undoing of the opposition line.
"Sam was tremendous last week and was again this week in that first half. He played the first half and 10 minutes into the second," Lantry said.
"I probably planned to get him back on in the last 10, but with the scoreboard the way it was the opportunity was there to give Jared Anderson and Benny Ireland some minutes through the middle and get some time under their belt as well and share the load.
"It's nice to have 17 players and when you pull off a Sam Anderson you can put on a Marvin Filipo, a Faitotoa Faitotoa or James Taylor and you don't lose anything."