Goals from Collins Mbesuma, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Daine Klate and a fairy tale strike from Happy Jele saw second-placed Orlando Pirates hammer Black Leopards 4-0 on Wednesday.
The win narrows the points deficit to four from Kaizer Chiefs.
The first real chance of the match fell to Pirates in the 15th minute as Maphaha made a great to deny Manyisa, who had received a pass from Klate from a corner kick.
In the 26th minute Maphaha pulled off another superb save, this time to deny Klate's right footed effort from inside the box as he failed to score from six yards.
Leopards had their best chance of the first stanza as Obaje rounded off Meyiwa, but Lidoda Duvha were unlucky to watch his shot cleared off the line by Lucky Lekgwathi in the 32nd minute of the match.
A minute before the half ended, Pirates had arguably their best chance of the half when Klate’s defence splitting pass found an unmarked Masuku, who saw Mapaha deny him from six yards out.
A minute into first half stoppage time, Leopards’ Nkambule missed a sitter from just inside the box as he shot high with Meyiwa at his mercy.
Pirates’ perseverance paid off when a mistake from the Leopards defence saw Mbesuma benefit, as he was left unmarked and unleashed a thunderous left-footed shot into the roof of the goal.
The Zambian striker was afforded too much space by the Leopards defence and he pulled out a cracker from outside the box.
Voted Man of the Match, Ntshumayelo doubled the lead when a short corner taken by Masuku found him on the edge of the box and the midfielder unleashed a rocket past Maphaha, who was expecting a cross, in the 60th minute.
Bucs showed they are true champions as they made it 3-0: Segolela crossed for Klate on the far right side and the winger volleyed home. The Buccaneers weren’t done as they made it 4-0 with nine minutes remaining.
Happy Jele scored the final goal of the match. The defender got in front of the Leopards keeper on the near post and headed home from a corner kick; an incredible story for a player returning from a career-threatening long injury lay-off.