Wagga City put their Southern Inland rivals on notice with a big win over premiers Waratahs at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.
A powerful second half performance helped the side to a 47-13 victory.
Only five points separated the Wagga rivals at half-time before the Boiled Lollies clicked into another gear.
Ritchie Herangi started the second half on the best of notes with an early try to get the ball rolling.
While thrilled to take any win over Waratahs, Wagga City president Daniel Ribot doesn't want the club to get too far ahead of themselves after only two rounds.
"It is a short season but we have a long way to go," Ribot said.
"There is lots for us to build on so we are not under any illusions.
"Everyone is a little under done in regards to fitness, with regards to combinations and with regards to skills and the game we saw last week is evidence of that.
"I think we saw our boys getting in there for each other and getting the job done.
"Waratahs are a quality team who are well-drilled and well-coached and it was always going to be a tight contest.
"In the end we probably out enthused them but I don't think the scoreline reflected how close that game was or could have been."
James Olds made a big impact on his return to Southern Inland for Wagga City.
Olds, who is an Welsh rugby league international player, was set to link with Albury Thunder in Group Nine this season, before they were withdrawn due to the border complications.
Instead with Albury Steamers not playing first grade the former Southern Inland leading pointscorer linked with Wagga City this week.
He made an immediate impact, scoring a halt-trick in the win.
Ribot was impressed with his efforts.
"James is a good fit," he said.
"He's a good bloke and that's why we took him on."
Peter Little had another influential game in his switch to rugby union while Nathan Seymour was strong up front for Wagga City.
Meanwhile Tumut held off a comeback from CSU to score their first win of the season on Friday night.
Both sides were on the wrong end of the scoreboard to start the season and it was the Bulls who fired early.
Under lights at Beres Ellwood Oval, they went out to a 22-5 lead before Reddies closed the gap.
However they couldn't break through for a long-awaited victory with Tumut holding on to take a 22-17 victory with goal kicking proving to be the difference.
They now tackle unbeaten Wagga City on Saturday while CSU host Waratahs.