NMMU secured a vital 5-0 bonus-point victory over a UCT team that was simply outclassed in Stellenbosch on Monday.
NMMU started the game with great attacking intent and it was not long before national squad striker Ignatius Malgraaf won a penalty corner.
The Eastern Cape side moved the ball upfield at pace and forced a number of good saves from UCT goalkeeper Matthew Bekker, but the Cape side absorbed the pressure well as the teams went into the first break still locked at 0-0.
UCT had the powerplay at the start of the second chukka and duly enjoyed plenty of possession, but they could not find a way through as the Madibaz sat back and waited for them.
NMMU broke out once they were back to level numbers, with a number of shots raining down on the UCT goal and Becker prvoing his worth as the last line of defence once again.
The pressure finally told with a superb individual goal from Jason Doherty-Bigara who went on a storming run down the left before cutting back inside and unleashing a stinging shot which hit the bottom right corner.
That lead was doubled soon afterwards when a square ball from Doherty-Bigara saw UCT defender Tiny Robertson put the ball into his own net which put the Madibaz 2-0 up at the second break.
NMMU had the powerplay at the start of the third chukka and they took advantage immediately as Doherty-Bigara deflected the ball in for his second goal.
After that it was all about chasing the bonus point for the Madibaz and the fourth goal came from Malgraaf who unleashed a pinpoint backstick shot to score after a mazy run.
The final nail in the UCT coffin came from a penalty corner in the last minute, with Chad Cairncross whipping a drack flick into the top corner.
UCT goalkeeper Matthew Bekker was the Mugg and Bean Star Saver, whilst Chad Cairncross was the Samsung Super Saver and Jason Doherty-Bigara took the FNB man of the match award.