Absa Premiership weekend review

Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits both closed the gap at the top of the Absa Premiership table when the latest round of action was played out over the weekend.

There was also shocking loss for Orlando Pirates the hands of University of Pretoria, although both the Brazilians and the Students will be extremely pleased with their latest outings.

The pair are now just six points behind Kaizer Chiefs (43) after the defending champions were not involved in domestic action this week due to their CAF Champions League commitments.

And their rivals took full advantage with Sundowns grafting hard to secure a 2-0 win over seventh-placed AmaZulu in Durban where goals in each half from Surprise Moriri (10) and Teko Modise (76) helped secure the win.

Wits were equally impressive after claiming a 3-1 win over Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Jabulani Shongwe (29), Papy Faty (36) and Sthembiso Ngcobo (45) got their names on the score sheet for the Johannesburg side, with Rise and Shine, who stayed 14th on the table, netting a consolation penalty through Vukile Mngqibisa (50).

Sundowns and Wits stayed second and third respectively, but the Buccaneers missed an excellent chance to climb fourth when they went down 1-0 in Nelspruit.

Thabo Mosadi was the hero for Tuks scoring the only goal after 86 minutes as they moved to 10th on the standings.

Pirates stayed fifth followed by Platinum Stars behind them in sixth after their 1-1 draw at the same venue against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Friday night.

Themba Zwane (30) had given AmaZayoni the advantage, before an Ofentse Nato (41) own goal cancelled it out for Dikwena, earning them a share of the spoils.

For their part, Aces stayed in 12th place, one place below Moroka Swallows, who remained without a win in 2014 after being held to a 1-1 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic in Dobsonville.

Edward Manqele (16) gave the Birds the lead early on, with Mogogi Gabonamong (49) grabbing a stunning equaliser early in the second half to take a point for eighth-placed Siwelele.

They are just a place ahead of Ajax Cape Town after the Urban Warriors played to a 1-1 draw away at Free State Stars in Bethlehem.

Richard Henyekane (44) opened the scoring just before the break, with a Tasriq Morris (62) goal earning the visitors a split result.