Wing Makazole Mapimpi scored a brace of tries as South Africa's Sharks recorded a first win of the Super Rugby season with a 50-22 bonus-point victory over the Sunwolves from Japan in Durban on Saturday.
For the Sunwolves it was a third defeat in a campaign in which they had promised improved performances, but are still yet to break their duck in the win column.
Wing Sibusiso Nkosi, hooker Akker van der Merwe, loose-forwards Terror Mtembu and Jacques Vermeulen, and scrumhalf Cameron Wright scored the other tries for home side, who made plenty of errors, but came up against an opposition who were unable to capitalise on them.
Wings Lomano Lemeki and Will Tupou, and scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare scored tries for the Sunwolves, who put their hosts under pressure at times in the game, but lacked the quality to punish them.
The Sharks are next up against the Brumbies in Canberra next Saturday, while it won't get any easier for the Sunwolves as they travel to face the Lions at altitude in Johannesburg on the same day.
Mapimpi scored the opening try early on as the Sharks took the ball through the phases before releasing the flying winger out wide to run in unopposed.
But what followed was a period of Sunwolves pressure as they managed to win some territory and possession, twice getting over the Sharks tryline.
Their first effort was ruled out for a knock-on by prop Takuma Asahara and the second saw the ball held up after strong work from Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am.
The only reward that the Japanese side got for their pressure was a penalty, before the home team moved ahead on the scoreboard.
Van der Merwe showed speed out wide after picking the ball out of a ruck and sprinted over for the home team's second try.
Their third was a good team try when centre Andre Esterhuizen made a break, feeding Am who in turn put Mtembu away to give the Sharks a 24-4 halftime lead.
The Sunwolves were denied a try again when Harumichi Tatekawa went over under the pots, but on review the Television Match Official Shaun Veldsman adjudged that Robert du Preez had been obstructed in the build-up.
They finally did get their first score minutes later though when they drove the ball close to the Sharks line, before the ball was spread to Tongan winger Lemeki and he dived over in the corner.
But the Sharks hit back almost immediately as the prolific Mapimpi received the ball out wide and easily beat his defender close to the touchline and cantered over for his second.
Vermeulen added the fifth try for the home side on 55 minutes, spotting a gap in the defensive wall after excellent running from wing Sibusiso Nkosi and strong play from veteran prop Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacement scrumhalf Nagare was pushed over for the second score for the visitors, before Nkosi and Wright added late tries for the Sharks and Tupou got one for the visitors after good work from Lemeki.