Western Province flexed their muscles during the opening day of the annual Academy Week at Grey College in Bloemfontein. They humiliated the Blue Bulls by 73-10 in a match that was stopped with five minutes still to play.
The biggest thorn in the Blue Bulls flesh was the winger, Dalvon Blood, who managed to cross the white-wash four times. Blood could have boasted five tries, but gave a try away to flyhalf, Jandré Burger.
Burger's personal tally for the game was an impressive 23 points as he converted nine of his side's 11 tries.
Not even five tries by inside centre, Franco Knoetze, could help the Free State to open their account with a victory over the Sharks. Knoetze scored a record of five tries in the match of which more than a couple will make the highlights reel of the week.
The Sharks won the match by 41-38 in the end after leading the Free Staters by 17-12 at the break.
Limpopo Blue Bulls' inside centre, Zander de Ridder, was on song as his side put Eastern Province to the sword by 47-24. De Ridder scored 29 of his side's points as he crossed the tryline twice, converted four of his team's tries and also slotted three penalties.
The Limpopo Blue Bulls were rewarded for this excellent performance by getting one of the two fixtures on the A-field on Wednesday where they will face the Western Province XV.
Boland's flyhalf, Carlton Pieterse, also enjoyed a good day at the office as he scored 20 of his side's points in their 45-29 victory over Zimbabwe. Pieterse scored a try with one of his sharp breaks, converted three tries and also slotted three penalties.
Western Province 73 (24) - Tries: Dalvon Blood (4), Luke Burger (2), Jesse Linders, Jandré Burger, Razzle Fredericks, Duran Koevort, Silas Marufu. Conversions: Jandré Burger (9). Blue Bulls 10 (3) - Try: Jerry Mashaba. Conversion: Niel Beukes. Penalty: Ian Trollip.
Sharks 41 (17) - Tries: Kwanele Khumalo (2), Mlungisi Khalishwayo, Taariq Kruger, Khwezi Hadebe, Brandon Jewell. Conversions: Free State 38 (12) - Tries: Franco Knoetze (5), Zane Bester. Conversions: Francois van Rooyen (4).
Limpopo Blue Bulls 47 (24) - Tries: Zander de Ridder (2), Nathan van den Heever, Tiaan Meintjies, Andries Nel, Kamogelo Kgohloane. Conversions: De Ridder (4). Penalties: De Ridder (3). Eastern Province 24 (12) - Tries: Tiaan Moore, Richard Mmile, Cadan Finnis, Morné Prins. Conversions: Liyema Gaba, Guy Rushmere.
Boland 45 (22) - Tries: Justin Henning (2), Rowan Henecke, Carlton Pieterse, Brian Zake, Jarquin Kerr. Conversions: Pieterse (3). Penalties: Pieterse (3). Zimbabwe 29 (10) - Tries: Aaron Juma (2), Kwesi Owusu (2), Jason Makwabarara. Conversions: Stephen Terera (2).
Western Province XV 41 (19) - Tries: Wiaan Schmidt (2), Brandon Jafta (2), Liam Tattersall, Breyton Maree, Darren Jonkers. Conversions: Jonkers (3). Eastern Province Country Districts 17 (12) - Tries: Andrew McCallum, Sibusiso Hans, Jano Roux. Conversion: Troy Delport.
Leopards 27 (17) - Tries: Stiaan Loots, Stephan van Niekerk, Kelsey Hutton, Keanan van Rooyen. Conversions: Van Niekerk (2). Penalty: Van Niekerk. Sharks Country Districts 24 (12) - Tries: Spencer Muller, Kwanele Hlongwane, Vukile Buthelezi, James Olsen. Conversions: Ruan Muller (2).
Pumas Country Districts 20 (10) - Tries: Jerome Mgwenya, Wiehan van der Merwe. Conversions: Gerhard Engelbrecht, Donovan Theart. Penalties: Engelbrecht, Theart. Border Country Districts 17 (5) - Tries: Lwazi Mdoda (2), Yazini Mponco. Conversion: Wez Nkawu.