Orlando Pirates put on a mesmerising performance as they humiliated Stellenbosch FC 4-1 at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides headed into the game in mixed form, with the hosts looking for a second consecutive win to reignite their hopes of finishing best of the rest as Sundowns look on course to win yet another league title.
The visitors, meanwhile, have not tasted victory since October against Maritzburg United.
The game had a fairly quiet opening five minutes as both teams looked to be testing each other out.
However, the hosts started to take control of the game and from a resulting free-kick, Thabang Monare scored a fine header to score his first goal of the season after a delightful ball from Monnapule Saleng in the 7th minute giving Stellies keeper Sage Stephens no chance.
The goal seemed to give the Buccaneers life as from then on, the visitors struggled to get a hold of the ball as the duo of Deon Hotto and Monnapule Saleng gave the Stellies defence no rest.
Stephens nearly had a moment to forget as Kabelo Dlamini struck a teasing corner, however, thankfully for the keeper, the ball flew across the face of goal instead of the net.
After pushing and probing, the hosts eventually doubled their lead following a catastrophic piece of goalkeeping from Stephens.
The hosts had a corner cleared but a loose ball was picked up by Saleng who was in fine form throughout the game. He turned and fired a dangerous ball back into the penalty area which Stephens should have collected.
However, he misjudged the flight of the ball as he tried to claim it. Instead of landing in the goalkeeper's hands, it fell to Innocent Maela, who smashed it into the net. The error from Stephens was no surprise as he was shaky throughout the opening minutes.
The game was in danger of becoming a riot as The Sea Robbers were dominating in every aspect as Kermit Erasmsus, Saleng and Bandile Shandu who hit the post, failed to extend their lead heading into the break.
The second half was more of the same as the hosts picked up where they left off.
The Sea Robbers looked hungry to add to their two goals after a fine interception from Dlamini who found Erasmus, but the forward could not hit the target.
Immediately after, Dlamini had a chance of his own in the 53rd minute, however he produced a tame effort which did not trouble the keeper.
Erasmus's perseverance paid off as just before the hour as another brilliant run from Saleng out wide found him. The striker produced a powerful strike from his right boot to put the game beyond all doubt, and for him to notch his first goal in the league this season.
The hosts were not done there though. Dlamini found space in the middle of the pitch and he squared it to Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo who fired a beautiful low long range strike past the helpless Stephens.
However, perhaps resulting from having such a huge lead, the hosts switched off from a corner kick as Stellies found a consolation as Mervin Boji headed it home in the 74th minute to deny Pirates a clean sheet and for the Stellies forward to get his first goal of the season.
The high scoring victory is a welcome boost for Jose Riveiro, who's side have struggled for goals this season. However, after adding former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers academy coach Scott Chickelday as the club's striker coach, they have found a scoring touch as they have now scored seven in their last two matches as they moved ahead of arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs to fourth place.
The humiliation for Stellies will leave coach Steve Barker scratching his head as they languish in 15th place on the log.