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Orlando Pirates were not going be upstaged by their fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs as they exorcised the demons of the past to overcome SuperSport United for the first time since 2015 in their 3-1 victory at Orlando Stadium last night.
Chiefs got the job done in empathic fashion earlier in the day with their 4-1 thrashing of Cape Town City at the Cape Town Stadium, and the Buccaneers demonstrated that they too can turn it up.
The Sea Robbers secured their victory courtesy of goals from Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch and Ben Motshwari.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori got their lone goal through Bongani Khumalo. Pirates looked tohave thrown away the victory after taking the lead through Pule in the 15th minute and then allowing Khumalo to equalise in the 70th minute.
That equaliser made Pirates retaliate with vengeance as they found two late goals to snatch the points.
Having come on in the 75th minute to replace Linda Mntambo, Lorch finished off a brilliant back heel pass from Xola Mlambo to score with a powerful low shot in the 83rd minute.
They put the cherry on top with a third goal from Motshwari in the 86th minute after the ball ricocheted from goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.
It was not to be for Kaitano Tembo who looked to lead the Tshwane outfit to their fourth consecutive league win.
The Buccaneers were living dangerously in the early stages as they persisted with their ploy of playing the ball from the back.
The visitors came with a ready-made tactic to turn the pressure on Pirates as they pressed them high in an attempt to steal the ball.
Pirates were forced to change their approach and cleared the ball out more often than they would have liked to.
Pirates’ Zambian striker Augustine Mulenga deserves credit for assisting the goals for Pule and Motshwari.
SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler looked razor sharp, with his predatory instincts, keeping the Bucs defence on high alert.
Evans Rusike displayed a different dimension to his game as he played more on the wing where he used his quickness to good effect, but in the end could not combine to get the goals needed for the win.
■ Khama Billiat scored twice as Kaizer Chiefs claimed their first Absa Premiership victory of the season with an emphatic 4-1 success over 10-man Cape Town City on yesterday.
Siyabonga Ngezana and Philani Zulugot the other goals for the Amakhosi as 35 000 fans came out to Cape Town Stadium to see the Soweto giants break their league duck under new coach Giovanni Solinas.
Former Chiefs forward Matthew Rusike scored for the home side, who also lost Taariq Fielies to a red card, following to cautions in the second half.
Chiefs handed a debut to former City captain Lebo Manyama. – Additional reporting by Nick Said
■ Other Premiership Results: Chippa United 1, Baroka 0; Maritzburg United 0, Bidvest Wits 0; Polokwane City 1, Free State Stars 0.
Teboho Mokoena of SuperSport United and Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates in a tussle during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at OrlandoStadium last night.