Mamelodi Sundowns recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Polokwane City in a match which took place at Loftus Versveld Stadium on Wednesday night, as they remain level on points with Kaizer Chiefs heading into the final day of the season.
Anele Ngcongca opened the scoring for the Brazilians before Themba Zwane doubled his side's lead in the first half.
Keletso Makgalwa came off the bench to net his team's third of the night and increase Sundowns' chances of closing the goal difference between them and Chiefs.
Sundowns keep the pressure on Chiefs, who also won their match against Chippa United, and know that they must better Amakosi's result, or match it and overturn a three-goal goal difference deficit on the final day to overhaul the leaders.
City, on the other hand, remain rooted at the bottom of the log and on the brink of being relegated to the NFD.
Pitso Mosimane welcomed back Ricardo Nascimento from suspension while Ricardo Coetzee and Gaston Sirino started despite the club announcing they were injured.
Lebohang Maboe had a great chance to open the scoring for Sundowns in 10th minute after being played in by Sirino but he couldn't hit the target with George Chigova out of his line.
Chigova came to the rescue of Polokwane City in the 22nd-minute as he denied Motjeka Madisha at the near post.
Sundowns were all over Polokwane City in the first half with Clinton Larsen's men often forced to chase the game.
They were punished in the 39th-minute when Ngcongca fired home from the rebound after Chigova had denied Nascimento.
This was a rare occasion as Ngcongca doesn't often push forward and find himself in goalscoring positions.
Ngcongca's goal impacted negatively on the confidence of Rise and Shine's players but Clinton Larsen wouldn't stop motivating them as he rallied them to take the game to Sundowns.
They did just that but it left a hole in midfield, allowing Sirino too much freedom as a result.
Sundowns utilised that opportunity and doubled their lead through Zwane, who brilliantly beat a few defenders from a Sirino pass before slotting the ball past Chigova.
Larsen's men came back stronger from the half-time break and gave Sundowns a good run for their money.
Their first real chance of the second half came eight minutes into it with Sibusiso Hlubi hammering his effort over the crossbar when he should have at least picked a spot.
But the points were already in the bag for Sundowns and it was Polokwane who needed to come out of their shell and take the game to the opponents.
Sundowns were, however, happy to knock the ball around without attempting any attack.
Rise and Shine had their best chance eight minutes inside the second stanza after Sibusiso Hlubi received a pass from close range but blasted his shot over the bar.
A double change by Mosimane in the final 15 minutes saw Makgalwa and Lyle Lakay come on for Sirino and Maboe.
And Makgalwa made an impact as he showed no signs of mercy on the already defeated Rise and Shine side.
Makgalwa would wrap up the game with a classy finish deep into stoppage time as Sundowns marched on and registered an easy 3-0 win over City.
Chiefs face Baroka on Saturday, while Sundowns are against Black Leopards.