Brazilians skipper Alje Schut opened the scoring before Getaneh Kebede levelled matters for the hosts. However, Billiat scored in the 58th minute to make sure Downs remain unbeaten in the League.
Pitso Mosimane made three changes to the side that were held to a 2-2 draw by Ajax Cape Town in midweek. Tebogo Langerman, Katlego Mashego and Wayne Arendse were included in the starting 11 for the Brazilians, while Teko Modise had to make do with a place on the bench.
Gavin Hunt made wholesale changes to the side that were gifted a point against AmaZulu in midweek. Getaneh Kebede, Ryan Chapman and Matthew Booth were amongst seven changes to the starting 11.
As expected, the home side came out the stronger of the two sides with Zimbabwean duo Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila making the Wits back-four sweat.
Downs deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute through Schut – the Dutchman lost his marker to head home Billiat’s corner.
The goal seemed to spark the Clever Boys into action, and they equalised just seven minutes later. Papy Faty’s shot was spilled by Kennedy Mweene, and Gataneh Kebede made no mistake from close range.
Billiat and Malajila were causing the Wits defence all sorts of problems on the counter, but poor decision-making and some superb goalkeeping kept the score line unchanged.
Wits came out strong after the break, but it was the home side who squandered a great opportunity to regain the lead before finally doing so in the 58th minute.
Bryce Moon’s cross into the area somehow didn’t end up in the back of the net with a number of Downs players seemingly running past the ball.
Billiat though, didn’t make a mistake to net his first goal in the yellow of Sundowns. Bongani Zungu set up the Zimbabwean who at his second bite at the cherry found the back of the net.
Downs opted to sit back and weather the storm for the final 10 minutes of the game, opting to hit Wits on the counter.
Both sides had opportunities to add to their tally, with Wits skipper Sibusiso Vilakazi notably missing a sitter in the final minutes.
The win moves Downs to the summit of the table while the loss, which was the Clever Boys’ first of the season, moves them down into seventh spot.