Lucky Mohomi and Sphelele Mkhulise were given a rare run-out but struggled in the beginning as Chippa wasted no time in taking the game to their visitors.
Mohomi’s lack of sharpness saw him give away a free kick on the edge of the area as early as the third minute and Rhulani Manzini blasted it home with another of the rocket-like freekicks which are fast earning him a fearsome reputation.
It should have been 2-0 inside the opening five minutes as Thabo Rakhale broke free but his decisive touch allowed the ball to get away from him and give Onyango a chance to come out and make a brave save.
Manzini then whistled another thunderbolt of a free-kick wide and Rakhale missed a sitter in front of goal in the 20th minute after a sweeping passing move displayed the home side’s confidence.
Then, just past the half hour mark, Sundowns defenders were caught backing off, to allow Tercious Malepe to fire a long range speculative effort against the crossbar.
But from the resultant clearance, Gaston Sirino played a delightful pass over the top of the Chippa defence and Phakamani Mahlambi ran away on goal before finishing into the corner of the goal for the equaliser.