The PSL Champions came back in the second half when Themba Zwane scored from a penalty spot after he was brought down in the box.
Zwane then provided an assist for man of the match Sphelele Mkhulise to make it 2-0. Substitute Keletso Makgalwa sealed maximum points with a third goal. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says it was a difficult game.
The Brazilians have moved to within ten points of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand.
They have amassed 24 points from 12 matches. The referee got it wrong to award Sundowns penalty when Zwane fell without being impeded. But Mosimane says it was about time his team benefitted.
The match was overshadowed by a career-threatening injury to midfielder Rivaldo Coetzee in the second half. Mosimane says the culprit Mogamad De Goede should apologise.
Stellenboch are rock bottom on the log with 12 points from 14 matches with only two wins six draws and six defeats. Their coach Steve Barker says Sundowns benefitted from a referee mistake.
The newly-promoted team started the game well and were a much better team in the first half which resulted in them scoring the opening goal.
The makeshift Sundowns team looked out of sorts after many key players were rested for the Telkom Knockout Cup final on Saturday. Barker says the penalty decision was the turning point in the match. – Report by Vincent Sitsula