Cape Town - Considering the atrocious conditions at Newlands, defending Currie Cup champions Western Province put in a commendable performance in thrashing their Free State Cheetahs visitors on Saturday.
As it happened: Western Province v Free State Cheetahs
WP won 32-0 after leading 13-0 at half-time.
In a match that was played in continuous pelting rain and freezing temperatures, the home side managed four tries through centre Ruhan Nel, No 8 Juarno Augustus, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and lock JD Schickerling.
WP fullback SP Marais had an excellent afternoon with the boot, landing three conversions and two penalties.
For the Cheetahs, they struggled throughout the 80 minutes and many would agree they didn't deserve to trouble the scorers.
WP picked up a full-house of five points for their victory in what was their opening clash of the shortened 2018 Currie Cup season, while the Cheetahs are already facing the very real prospect of missing the playoffs having lost their second consecutive match.
In next weekend's Round 3 action, WP travel to Mbombela to face the Pumas (Friday, August 31 at 19:00), while the Cheetahs welcome the Sharks to Bloemfontein (Saturday, September 1 at 17:15).
15 SP Marais, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds (captain), 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak
Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Herschel Jantjies, 21 Dan du Plessis, 22 Sergeal Petersen
Free State Cheetahs
15 Malcom Jaer, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Nico Lee, 11 William Small-Smith, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Oupa Mohoje (captain), 6 Jasper Wiese, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Erich de Jager, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Stephan Malan, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Ernst Stapelberg