A 14-try rout saw the Steval Pumas run out comprehensive 88-0 (halftime 29-0) victors over the struggling Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls in their North Section Vodacom Cup encounter at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.
Hat-tricks for winger Ashwin Scott and captain Jaco Bouwer were the standout performances from the visiting Pumas on the day, although the result and a nine-try second half reflected their awesome all-round superiority.
The Pumas now boast a perfect record from their opening five fixtures of the campaign thus far, and sit a healthy five points clear at the top of the standings with a playoff place virtually secured.
For the men from the Limpopo, however, it was yet another hard lesson to learn, and, without a point to their name, they trail the seventh-placed Valke by seven. They will now have two games games remaining in which to register a maiden victory since joining the Vodacom Cup.
The rout began as early as the seventh minute, as Scott dotted down to open his account. Five minutes later, his skipper joined him on the scoresheet, and the third of the afternoon came courtesy of tighthead De-Jay Terblanche in the 18th minute to take the lead out to 15-0.
Flyhalf Justin van Staden had been uncharacteristically out of sorts with the boot up until that point, but he made no mistake with the conversion from Scott's second try of the match, which, incidentally, wrapped up the bonus point for the visitors.
Bouwer then completed the scoring for the opening period, and the dejected home side trudged off for the break already facing a 29-point deficit.
But if the visitors were too strong in the first half, they were simply unstoppable in the second, as inside-centre Dewald Pretorius crashed over the line just a minute after play resumed, with eighth-man Doppies le Roux helping himself to a try shortly after.
The hat-trick for Scott was the next milestone to tumble, before Hennie Skorbinski's try in the 61st minute took the score past 50.
And the dominant Pumas saved the best for last, as they ran in a staggering six tries in the final quarter, including the hat-trick score for Bouwer, and they departed the field having clearly demonstrated why they are the side to beat in the competition.
ASSUPOL LIMPOPO BLUE BULLS
STEVAL PUMAS - Tries: Ashwin Scott (3), Jaco Bouwer (3), de Jay Terblanche (2), Dewald Pretorius, Doppies le Roux, Hennie Skorbinski, Johan Pretorius, Pule Sibiya, Bernardo Botha; Conversions: Justin van Staden (5), Johan Pretorius (3), Bernardo Botha