Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits are the new Absa Premiership leaders after securing victories in the latest round of action during midweek.
The Students thrashed previously unbeaten log leaders, Platinum Stars, in their top-of-the-table clash in Rustenburg, while the Brazilians were narrow winners at Chippa United in Port Elizabeth.
There were also important results for Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United as they continued to improve on poor starts to the season, although luck continued to desert Maritzburg United after they suffered an eighth straight loss of the campaign.
The other two winners were Kaizer Chiefs and Mpumalanga Black Aces, the former bouncing back from their Soweto derby defeat at the weekend by ousting Mpumalanga Black Aces.
But the most impressive result of the midweek programme was undoubtedly at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, where Bidvest Wits stunned Stars with a 4-0 hammering.
Teenage striker Phakamani Mahlambi was the inspiration for Gavin Hunt’s side, with the 18-year-old netting a four-minute brace (35 and 39), before further goals from Sibusiso Vilakazi (49) and Papy Faty (78) sealing a lop-sided win.
It was a brutal result on Stars, the only unbeaten side still standing, as they dropped from first to fourth on 18 points.
Wits instead moved to 20 points alongside Sundowns, who were 1-0 winners over the Chilli Boys at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where the only goal was scored by substitute Anthony Laffor (67) three minutes after coming on. Chippa remained eighth on the log.
Aces moved ahead of Stars on goal difference with a 3-1 over Jomo Cosmos in Nelspruit.
Lebogang Manyama (38), Collins Mbesuma (45) and Judas Moseamedi (55) were on target for AmaZayoni, with Brica Aka (72) netting a consolation for Ezenkosi, who stayed 14th.
Defending champions Chiefs are back up to fifth place, alone on 17 points thanks to a 3-1 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows in Soweto.
It was the same scoreline they had lost by days earlier against rivals Pirates, but this time there was relief thanks to a brace by George Lebese (6 and 22) and a Bernard Parker (77) goal at FNB Stadium.
Siyabonga Dube (50) netted what proved to a consolation for Abafana Bes’thende that left them in seventh.
Sandwiched in between is Bloemfontein Celtic after they drew 1-1 with Matsatsantsa at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Bradley Grobler (14) and Geoffrey Massa (61) from the spot were the scorers as the men from Pretoria extended their unbeaten run to four games and stay 12th.
The Buccaneers are up to 10th place and level on points with 11th-placed Ajax Cape Town after beating the Urban Warriors 2-1 in the Mother City.
Kermit Erasmus (18) and Lehlohonolo Majoro (23) scored for Eric Tinkler’s side in Cape Town, while Toriq Losper (27) pulled a goal back for Ajax, playing their first game since the passing away of Cecil Lolo.
Finally, Polokwane City claimed a smash and grab win against the Team of Choice with a 3-2 win at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
The rock-bottom hosts twice lead through Mohammed Anas (2) and Kurt Lentjies (83), but goals by Thobani Mncwango (11), Jabu Maluleke (84) and Puleng Tlolane (90) capped a fine win that lifted Rise and Shine to 13th.