The Sharks duly gave the Pumas a 50-19 hammering at the KaNyamazane Stadium but perhaps more importantly, did so sans any injuries.
Hoping for greater resistance shown by the Leopards last week, that is what they got, yet still managed eight tries on the night.
At 19-14, the game was a pretty good contest, before the Sharks dotted down twice to take a 31-14 lead into the half time break.
Changes were made en-mass giving everyone game time and there were plenty second half tries. The Pumas scored a consolation try in the dying moments of the game, but aside from an early flurry and the last gasp score, the Sharks were always in charge.
“It was a step-up from last week which is exactly what I wanted,” said coach John Plumtree to the Sharks website. And perhaps most importantly, confirmed that there were no injury concerns to note.
The Sharks, without injured captain Keegan Daniel and centre Time Whitehead for the first month of the tournament, play the Cheetahs next weekend.
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Francois Steyn (captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Bench: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Meyer Bosman, 23 Odwa Ndungane, 24 Riaan Viljoen.