Orlando Pirates have moved to second position ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns on the ABSA Premiership log.

They beat Black Leopards by a solitary goal in a tough encounter played at the Thohoyandou Stadium.

Pirates have now registered six successive Premiership victories. And Polokwane City has eased their relegation worries after they beat Cape Town City.

They were bottom of the log and now they are 15th with 20 points.

Pirates were looking for a record eight matches without a loss.

Since head coach Josef Zinnbauer was roped in at the end of last year, he has won six and drew one match.

That performance has made Pirates to be strong contenders for the league title.

Much credit should go to their player, Gabadinho Mhango who came to this match leading the top goal scorer charts with 14 goals.

Black Leopards on the other hand have been slowly on the mend since new coach Alan Clark was roped in as a caretaker coach.

He took over the reins from Cavin Johnson who suffered a heart attack.

In his first match Clark beat Stellenbosch FC and later beat North West University FC in the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

It was nil all at half time. Leopards came into this match 13th on the log with 21 points after 21 matches.

Pirates pounced at the death and made a smash and grab with a screamer from Vincent Pule with a shot that deflected from a Leopards defender.

The final score one nil to Pirates.