NMMU powered their way to a dominant 5-0 victory over Eastern Cape rivals Rhodes at Wits on Monday.
They scored two goals in the first chukka and three in the last chukka to cruise to a comfortable victory and shut Rhodes out completely.
The Madibaz made a storming start to the game as they took the game to Rhodes and a great run into the area saw Ignatius Malgraaf sweep the ball into the goal after getting a good square ball.
That forced Rhodes to press higher up the pitch in search of a goal, and they managed to put together some good passages of play although they did not really threaten the NMMU goal.
Instead it would be the Port Elizabeth side to score next when Grant Kapp slapped another goal home after he was given far too much space for the Rhodes defence.
Rhodes got a penalty corner right at the end of the first chukka but they could not get a shot on target and the Madibaz take a 2-0 lead into the first break.
Rhodes had their powerplay at the start of the second chukka as they looked to work their way back into the game and created a few opportunities with some good long balls.
NMMU weathered the storm well and created some chances of their own as they broke out after the powerplay. Rhodes showed glimpses of promise but found it difficult to penetrate the NMMU circle.
The Madibaz continued to press, and there were some heart-stopping moments for the Rhodes defence as they scrambled to clear their line, but they managed to hold on until the break.
NMMU had a chance to stretch their lead even further with their powerplay at the start of the final chukka and they produced a stunning goal as Jason Doherty-Bigara met a backstick cross and hit the back of the net.
They went 4-0 up soon afterwards as a well-taken short corner deflected off a defender and over the line, handing them the bonus point and leaving Rhodes staring down a resounding defeat.
Both teams were reduced to ten men through yellow cards with ten minutes remaining, and NMMU got a golden chance to stretch their lead when they were awarded a penalty flick, but Daylon Phillips hit the post.
However, it was not long before they had made it 5-0, with Malgraaf turning in their last goal to pile more misery on Rhodes.
Daylon Phillips was named FNB man of the match, Jason Doherty-Bigara was the Samsung Super Striker and Rhodes defender Greg Keyter was named Mugg and Bean Super Saver for his clearance off the line.