Rhulani Manzini and Mark Mayambela netted for Chilli Boys, while Rise and Shine scored through Ayanda Nkili and Rodney Ramagalela
The Chilli Boys were desperate to end their six-match winless run in the league having drawn 1-1 with Cape Town City away in their previous match in midweek.
Caretaker coach Joel Masutha decided to name an unchanged team as he looked to mastermind his first victory since he replaced Eric Tinkler.
Rise and Shine were also hoping to return to winning ways having drawn 2-2 with Highlands Park at home in their previous match on Tuesday.
Serbian coach Jozef Vukusic made four changes to the team that faced the Lions of the North with Sibusiso Mbonani captaining the team in the absence of Jabulani Maluleke.
Mbonani, who has established himself as Rise and Shine’s first-choice defender, was keen to lead by example and he had a chance to hand the visitors an early lead.
The lanky defender connected with a cross from the right, but his header was cleared off the goal line-up by Chippa left-back Tebogo Tlolane.
The Chilli Boys then took control of the match with former Orlando Pirates wingers Mark Mayambela and Thabo Rakhale causing havoc for the visitors’ defence.
Mayambela managed to beat his marker and he burst into the Polokwane box, before forcing goalkeeper Harold Ndlovu into a good save at the near-post.
The hosts piled pressure on the Rise and Shine defence which had conceded 12 goals in 14 league league matches.
Rakhale made a good run into the visitors’ box, before setting up Andile Mbenyane, whose effort was cleared off the goal-line Phineas Ravhuhali.
The world class clearance ensured that the first half ended with the Chippa and Polokwane locked at 0-0.
A enthralling second half followed and the deadlock was finally in the 48th minute from a well-taken corner-kick by Mbulelo Wagaba.
The midfielder’s corner-kick was met by Ayanda Nkili, who headed past Chippa’s Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to make it 1-0 to Polokwane.
The Limpopo-based side came into the match having scored 14.3% of their goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half in their league games.
Chippa took control of the match after conceding with Mbenyane working hard as a playmaker – linking the attack with the midfield.
Parity was restored in the two minutes before the hour-mark when Mbenyane set-up Rhulani Manzini, who made no mistake as he beat Ndlovu from close range to make it 1-1.
This was Manzini’s second goal in as many matches having also hit the back of the net against Cape Town City in midweek.
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However, last season’s PSL Golden Boot winner Rodney Ramagalela had other ideas as the Polokwane marksman grabbed a late goal.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns striker found some space outside the Chippa box and he scored with a deflected shot to make it 2-1 to Polokwane.
The hosts pushed for a late equalizing goal and Mayambela, who had a good game, scored in stoppge time with a well-taken shot to ensure that the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
The stalemate saw the Chilli Boys climb up to 13th place on the league standings, while Rise and Shine also moved up to third spot on the table.