A hat-trick by Siphesihle Nzimande inspired Polokwane City to move joint-top of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge table after an upset win over Kaizer Chiefs in the latest round of action over the weekend.
However, Rise and Shine are only second on goal-difference to Lamontville Golden Arrows, after the Durbanites continued their fine start to the season with a victory away at Ajax Cape Town.
Elsewhere, the was a surprise first win of the term for Chippa United over Mamelodi Sundowns, while defending champions University of Pretoria were finally knocked off the top of the table.
But one of the big stories of the round was that of Nzimande and Polokwane, who stunned Amakhosi 3-1 at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.
The big striker fired the visitors, one of four teams topping the table with seven points prior to round four, ahead after 36 minutes via a free-kick and then added another set piece five minutes later (41).
Bongani Ndulula, one of Chiefs’ high-profile winter recruits, managed to pull a goal back 76 minutes, but Nzimande completed his treble with four minutes to play as the Limpopo outfit rounded off a sensational win.
The hosts dropped to eighth on the table, while Polokwane now have 10 points with a plus five goal difference.
That is the same as Abafana Bes’thende, who head the Reserve League standings by virtue of goals scored after churning out another fine result at Ikamva.
Andile Fikizolo (18) and Kwanele Hlongwane (83) were the match-winners for the Lamontville club as they won 2-0 in the Cape.
Ajax are now down to second-bottom on the log.
Bloemfontein Celtic, meanwhile, missed the chance to join the leading duo on 10 points – instead staying third – after they could only draw the big Free State derby with Free State Stars 1-1 at Siwelele Park.
Mokone Mereko (39) had given the hosts the lead and they looked as though they would see out the three points.
But that was until Nkanyiso Gumede had other ideas, netting a final minute equaliser to steal a share of the spoils for Ea Lla Koto, who are 14th on the log.
Another team to slip up was Tuks after they drew 1-1 against 10th-placed Bidvest Wits at Sturrock Park. Luciano Van Heerden (52) had put the Students ahead, but Botshelo Mfulwane (68) ensured the visitors came away with at least a point, one that left them in third.
Meanwhile, at the TUT Stadium there was another major upset on the cards as Chippa came from a goal down to record a 2-1 versus Mamelodi Sundowns.
The sixth-placed Brazilians lead early through a Motsie Matima (5) strike, but Mhlengi Cele’s (43 and 55) brace proved decisive.
The men from the Eastern Cape are now 14th on the log.
Elsewhere, Orlando Pirates soared into fifth position following a 3-1 win over Maritzburg United at Rand Stadium, where the hosts netted through Gift Motupa (12), Yasser Mugerwa (54) and Jacky Motshegwa (89). Evans Rusike (48) replied with what proved to be a consolation.
SuperSport United also showed they were on the up with a 2-1 triumph over Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Zakhele Mgobhozi (5) and Morne Nel (53) were on target to move Matsatsantsa to seventh, with Aces, who netted through Judas Moseamedi (34), falling to 12th at the Alexandra Stadium.
Finally, Jomo Cosmos jumped up to sixth on the MDC standings following a brilliant final 15 minutes against Platinum Stars that saw them win 2-1 at the Huhudi Stadium.
Dikwena had lead through a Thembelani Matlawe (25) goal that looked to have set them on their way.
But Stephanis Sibanyoni (75) and Msizi Nkosi (90) completed a fine turnaround to catapult Ezenkosi up the table.
Stars dropped to 13th.