If Pirates had beaten Wits, they would have ended level on 19 points with Downs but won Q3 on goal-difference or goals-scored, but it was not to be.
Pirates remain without a Q-Innovation win.
Final Q3 Table
Sundowns Pld 8 GD 9 Pts 19
Pirates Pld 8 GD 8 Pts 16
Wits Pld 8 GD 3 Pts 16
Sundowns have now won it more than any other PSL club. With six Qs they have now overtaken Kaizer Chiefs, who have won it five times. Platinum Stars have won it twice and Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits have each won it once.