FNB UFS-Shimlas scored seven tries on their way to a comprehensive 52-16 victory over FNB UJ in Bloemfontein on Monday.
The Free State outfit blew their visitors away in the first half and then cruised to a bonus-point win over an outclassed UJ side that never really had a sniff despite two late tries.
It was UFS-Shimlas’ second win of the season and saw them leap up to third place on the standings, ahead of FNB Maties on points difference.
The home side made the early running as they got right on top of UJ from the outset, and blindside flank Oupa Mohoje was on hand to crash over for the opening try from an attacking line-out.
UFS-Shimlas had their tails up after that strong start and it was not long before they added a second try, with wing Maphuto Dolo dotting down in the corner after a break from a scrum by scrumhalf Kevin Luiters.
Flyhalf Gouws Prinsloo knocked both conversions over to put his team in a commanding position with a comfortable 16-0 lead at the first strategy break.
They did not have to wait long for their third try, as a perfectly-weighted grubber from centre Joubert Engelbrecht with the pink ball found left wing Sethu Tom who finished in the corner to make it 21-0.
UJ were left stunned after that opening onslaught, but it got even worse for them when Shimlas skipper Joubert Engelbrecht crashed over for the bonus-point try.
The home side were not done there, and outside centre Tertius Kruger was next to score after sustained pressure on the UJ line. That try gave them an imposing 34-0 lead at the half-time break, leaving UJ with it all to do in the second half.
UFS-Shimlas flyhalf Gouws Prinsloo slotted a penalty early in the second half, and that was followed up by Engelbrecht’s second try which was set up by some great work by Luiters and Dolo.
Things got even tougher for the visitors when wing Michael Haznar was shown a yellow card for a late and high tackle on Luiters, but UFS-Shimlas were reduced to 14 men themselves soon afterwards when replacement hooker Markus Odendaal was sent to the sin bin for a tip tackle.
UJ finally got on the scoreboard after 65 minutes when captain Jacques Pretorius scored under the poles, and they followed that up soon afterwards with a second as centre Harold Vorster crossed to make it 44-16.
However, that was where the UJ revival ended as UFS-Shimlas had the final say when Divandre Strydom got on the end of a grubber from Pieter-Steyn de Wet to bring up the half-century.
For FNB UFS-Shimlas:
Tries: Mohoje, Dolo, Tom, Engelbrecht 2, Kruger, Strydom
Cons: Prinsloo 5
For FNB UJ:
Tries: Pretorius, Vorster
Cons: Schmidt 2
Yellow cards: Michael Haznar (Foul play, 58 mins) Markus Odendaal (Tip tackle, 61 mins)
FNB UFS-Shimlas: 15 Ludwig Erasmus, 14 Maphuta Dolo, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht (captain), 11 Sethu Tom, 10 Gouws Prinsloo, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Neil Claassen, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Juston Pappin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Franco van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Markus Odendaal, 17 Rudolph Botha, 18 Johan van der Hoogt, 19 Neill Jordaan, 20 Kay-Kay Hlongwane, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet,
22 Divandré Strydom, 23 Luan de Bruin.
FNB UJ: 15 Marais Schmidt, 14 PJ Walters, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Michael Haznar, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Jacques Pretorius (captain), 8 Kobus Porter, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Tiaan MacDonald, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Van Zyl Botha, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Wiseman Kamanga.
Replacements: 16 Jannes Snyman, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Dylan Peterson, 20 Lukas van Zyl, 21 Juan Kotze, 22 Pieter Morton, 23 Hendrik Bredenkamp.
Referees: Eduan Nel, Gerrie de Bruin