Tim Swiel and the Cell C Sharks XV were not in a forgiving mood as they hammered the Tusker Simba XV 40-3 (halftime 12-0) at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.
The log-leading Cell C Sharks XV have been in superb form going into the match while the Tusker Simba XV have not recorded a victory since the opening round of the competition.
It was the metronomic boot of Swiel which saw the visiting team lead 12-0 at halftime, courtesy of four penalties within the first quarter.
The Sharks were disrupted by two separate blood-bin substitutions as both eightman Johan Meyer and hooker Franco Marais had to get some medical attention for their wounds.
When prop Joseph Kangethe was yellow-carded after the break the Sharks XV finally started to capitalise and score tries.
Centre Neil Maritz and replacement prop Thomas du Toit both went over while Kangethe was in the bin. Swiel converted both tries and the visitors had a substantial lead at 26-0.
Meyer had clearly shaken off any ill effects of his knock in the first half and scored the third try shortly thereafter. Swiel had been in superb form with his goal kicking and added the conversion to take his personal tally to 18 points.
Flyhalf Kenny Andola finally got the Simba XV on the board with a penalty virtually from the restart but this was to be the solitary act of scoring from the Kenyans.
The Sharks XV bench had made a big impact and replacement centre Andre Esterhuizen sealed the win with his try and conversion.
The Sharks XV face the EP Kings next and essentially only need a single log point to seal the top spot on the log of South Section.
The Simba XV will travel to Bloemfontein and will look to end their season on a high note as they have no chance of progressing further in the competition.
Cell C Sharks XV – Tries: Neil Maritz, Thomas du Toit, Johan Meyer, Andre Esterhuizen. Conversions: Tim Swiel (3), Esterhuizen. Penalties: Swiel (4).
Tusker Simba XV – Penalty: Kenny Andola.