Johannesburg - A rampant Falcons side ran in 11 tries as they thrashed the Limpopo Blue Bulls 65-14 (half-time 24-14) in their North Section Vodacom Cup clash at the DP de Villiers Stadium in Sasolburg on Saturday.
Flank Jacques Verwey was the star of the show as he bagged a hat trick of tries although winger Sandile Ngcobo and inside centre Coert Cronje contributed a brace each.
The rout gave the Falcons their first win of the campaign, as they momentarily jump to fifth in the North Section standings, albeit with some fixtures for the round yet to be completed.
The men from the Limpopo were once again left licking their wounds though, as they remain rooted to the foot of the table having yet to register a point.
Verwey was on the scoresheet and Ngcobo wrapped up his brace inside the first half hour, as the home side raced to a 19-0 lead.
However, tighthead-prop Thulani Mathonsi crashed over shortly after to narrow the gap to 12 in a period of play during which Limpopo offered a sustained threat.
The Valke followed it up with a try of their own through Verwey that clinched the bonus point, but the visitors responded once again with a well-worked try from Koning Janse van Rensburg in added time of the first half, and the match appeared somewhat evenly balanced at 24-14 by the time the players broke for the interval.
But Cronje re-asserted the Falcons's dominance with his first try of the afternoon five minutes into the second half, and he made it two on 58 minutes when he crossed the whitewash to make it 36-14.
A deflated Limpopo outfit simply had no answer from that point on, as Verwey's third try was sandwiched by a pair of scores either side of him, and the Falcons were left to celebrate a resounding victory.
Falcons - Tries: Sandile Ngcobo (2), Jacques Verwey (3), Coert Cronje (2), Andrew van Wyk, Anrich Richter, Luke AM, Vincent Gwavu ; Conversions: Angus Cleophas (2), Kyle Hendriks (3)
Limpopo Blue Bulls - Tries: Thulani Mathonsi, Koning Janse van Rensburg; Conversions: Andy Huysamen