The Burger King-sponsored Championship is taking place at the William Herbert Sports Complex in Wynberg, Cape Town.
Van Zyl’s three goals in a match are the second of the tournament following Cape Town City’s Duncan Adoni’s hatrick on the first day.
Adoni is now the top goalscorer with four goals after he was on the scoresheet in their 1-1 draw against Mpumalanga, whose goal came from Lwandile Mabuya.
Sibabakwe Selanto of Western Cape scored a brace (69th and 70+1) against Limpopo in their 4-1 victory with Bonga Dladla (37th) and Linamandla Mcilizeli (51st) getting on the scoresheet, while Maboke Mashapu grabbed Limpopo’s solitary goal.
Ironically, Limpopo fired the first salvo in the 14th minute before the floodgates opened. They played with 10 men in the last eight minutes of the match after Kwena Molokomme was given his marching orders following a second yellow card.
Ajax Cape Town brushed aside Eastern Cape 2-0 to register their second win in as many matches, with both goals coming from Tashreeq Matthews.
There were no goals in the clash between KwaZulu Natal and Santos.
As matter stand, the Cape invitational side is leading Group A with four points, followed by Western Cape on three and KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo with two and one respectively.
In Group B, Gauteng and Ajax are neck and neck on six points each, but Gauteng is top of the table due to a better goal difference. Both Free State and Eastern Cape are yet to register points.
The battle for top spot is also hotting up in Group C where Cape Town City and Mpumalanga are on four points apiece, but the coastal team has a better goal difference. Northern Cape is just one point behind while North West has lost both their two matches.
After 12 matches played, a total of 36 goals have been scored.
But the games have not been clean with a high number of yellow cards dished out – 44, and two red cards.
Limpopo has collected the most yellow cards, seven in total as well as one red card.
The other side that has received a red card is Northern Cape.
The last group stage clashes will be played on Thursday, 15 December, and the matches will be played simultaneously. Group A will kickoff at 11h45, followed by Group B at 13h45 with Group C closing the day at 15h45.
NB: Only the three top-placed teams will qualify for the semi-finals and will be joined by the best second-placed side.
DAY 3 RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 14 DECEMBER – William Herbert Sports Ground
KZN 0 - 0 Santos
Eastern Cape 0 - 2 Ajax Cape Town
Mpumalanga 1 - 1 Cape Town City
Limpopo 1 - 4 Western Cape
Gauteng 3 - 0 Free State
Northern Cape 5 - 1 North West
DAY 4 FIXTURES – THURSDAY, 15 DECEMBER – William Herbert Sports Ground
Western Cape vs Santos 11h45 Field A
Limpopo vs KZN 11h45 Field B
Free State vs Ajax Cape Town 13h45 Field B
Gauteng vs Eastern Cape 13h45 Field I
North West vs Cape Town City 15h45 Field I
Northern Cape vs Mpumalanga 15h45 Field A