Royal hunt United down

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

It took a beleaguered Thanda Royal Zulu (TRZ) to knock reigning champions SuperSport United off their pedestal, leaving coach Gavin Hunt furious.

TRZ outsmarted the defending champions 3-1 at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday, enraging Hunt and upsetting his plans to further outpace the chasing pack on the log.

The coastal side coach Roger Palmgren was all smiles though, calling the victory a "beautiful moment" in an otherwise unfortunate campaign.

The Swede is realistic enough though not to get overly excited about this result; they are after all still rooted at position 13.

After the heavy defeat at Bloemfontein Celtic, regular goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap was given a break and Nimrode Tsengwa stepped up to distinguish himself on the night. And so did his team-mates and goal scorers Felix Obada, Sibusiso Hadebe and Clifford Mulenga.

Defender Bongani Khumalo pulled one for the hosts.

Hunt was speechless after the 90 minutes, but blamed some individual errors for Matasatsantsa a Pitori.

While his fury would not allow him to address his players right away, Hunt had great things to say about TRZ. "They were far better than us - they won the first and second ball and their tackles were spot on," he said.

A blip on a perfect evening for TRZ was the sending off of defender Tonic Chabalala, for punching striker Glen Salmon.