The Springboks gained some semblance of revenge for last year's shock defeat in Florence when they convincingly beat Italy 35-6 in a one-side Test at a wet Stadio Euganeo in Padova on Saturday.
The Springboks scored five converted tries, four of which were dotted down by first-time scorers. Three of those tries came in the first half, as the Boks cruised to a 21-6 halftime lead.
For the Boks and their beleaguered coach, Allister Coetzee, it was a form of retribution following last year's 20-18 defeat at the hands of the Italians. And the forwards, together with flyhalf Handré Pollard, made sure the dish was served ice cold.
It's still not quite vintage South Africa, especially at the start of the encounter when Italy took a 3-0 lead via the boot of Carlo Canna. But they were certainly a lot more sharp in most aspects of the game after suffering a big defeat at the hands of Ireland and a managing a narrow win over a mediocre France side in the previous two weeks.
However, the Italians are hardly world-beaters at the moment. In fact they have gone backwards since that night in Florence just over a year ago when they absolutely monstered the Boks in the collisions.
In 2017 it was a different story to last year, as the Bok pack laid down the law early on with superb driving play and set-piece accuracy. Fetcher Francois Louw gave the Boks the lead with a in the 13th minute, before hooker Bongi Mbonambi celebrated his first Test start with a try from a powerful maul on the other side of a second Canna penalty.
Pollard, who was awful against France in his first Test start since 2015, looked really sharp, and his goal-kicking in the rain was much-improved from the France match. The Bulls flyhalf set up Francois Venter's try with a lovely cross-kick that the Italians couldn't collect to give the Boks a 15 point lead at the break.
Replacement loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff, who came on for the injured Tendai Mtawarira, then powered over four minutes after halftime after the Bok forwards again manhandled the French.
There was a bit of lull in the match for most of the second half, as the rain started to pour down. But the Boks did have the last say when replacement lock Franco Mostert scored his first Test try from close range.