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Posted: 4 February 2014 Time: 19:04

Orlando Pirates interim coach Eric Tinkler claimed three points in his first game in charge of Bucs following a 2-1 victory over his former club Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night.

READ: Tinkler salutes Bucs character

Wits struck first through their captain Sibusiso Vilakazi, but the Buccaneers hit back via second-half goals from strikers Helder Pelembe and Kermit Erasmus at Orlando Stadium.  

The result leaves Pirates sixth on the Premiership table with 23 points from 12 games - two points behind fifth-placed Wits, and 13 points adrift of pacesetting champions Kaizer Chiefs, who have played an extra four fixtures.

Tinkler's men - who came under his control following Roger de Sa's exit from Mayfair last week - should have scored in the first minute of the tie. However, Lehlogonolo Masalesa ballooned the ball over the cross bar from close range following a Happy Jele flick-on off a corner.

The hosts continued to dominate early on, as Pelembe flashed an effort narrowly wide of Moeneeb Josephs' goal before Aubrey Ngoma drilled a shot straight at the Wits goalkeeper.

But it was the Students who drew first blood in the 20th minute, as Vilakazi tucked in a right-wing cross at the near post after stealing in ahead of Jele. 

The home side nearly equalised just before the half-hour mark, but Josephs, who impressed in his first outing since being blasted by Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula for his Chan showing, pulled off a sharp reaction save to deny Pelembe's first-time shot from the edge of the area.

Soon after, ex-Buccaneer Josephs dropped down smartly to his left to keep out a powerful long-range strike from Man of the Match Khethokwakhe Masuku, as Wits took a narrow lead into the break.

Jele threatened 10 minutes after the interval, but the overlapping right-back blasted over on the angle after being teed up in the area by the tricky Masuku.

At the other end, new Wits signing Sthembiso Ngcobo headed wide off a right-wing cross from Erwin Isaacs.

The Sea Robbers, though, got even in the 56th minute through Pelembe, who brilliantly nodded in a corner from Masuku for his first goal for the Soweto giants.

Tinkler's charges then went ahead in the 73rd minute when Erasmus, a second-half replacement for midfielder Masalesa, headed in a left-wing cross from Thabo Matlaba, with the visitors unable to find a way back in Soweto.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Bucs532
posted: 2014-02-05 11:22:20

Mbongz No khosi, chivs is so used to Mediocrity even the minister called abo Parker a bunch of losers. We win a DTC vs you single double cup and league and you still see mediocrity in Pirates. This is amazing. Even this season you have already failed to win a trble and emulate rats, but you do not see mediocre in chivs only a high flying team. this you will say even if you only succed in winning only the league. But this to us rats will mean chivs has consistantly failed to match rats achievents this decade

Bucs532
posted: 2014-02-05 11:24:32

Treble champ "Superbrand" MshokobeziBhakaniya, you did not have to respond to his bladerish, to give it any value

Nobster
posted: 2014-02-05 12:07:13

Ghost 23  Well said,if only Ntsimbi and Mahamutsa were okay because yesterdays goal ya Sibusiso Vilakazi was not supposed to happen considering Senzo and Lekgwathi"s positioning! For now we have to work with what we have and hope the guys can fix their mistakes before we slump and miss out.

ticoMP
posted: 2014-02-05 14:14:50

thank u rats for stopping out 'threat' (wits) ...........................................................................................................................i laughed my lungs out when u guys celebrated like uv won the lig or a 2nd star

PhiweKhoza
posted: 2014-02-05 15:41:01

By 2050 you will be telling us about what Pirates won in 2011&2012 without any other achievements. For almost two seasons your Pirates have won nothing but because you are a RAT you are making a lot of noise, loudmouth.

Lwazindlela
posted: 2014-02-05 16:30:27

I'm expecting to Senzo on the bench,in the nxt game. Piece

Bucs532
posted: 2014-02-06 06:44:00

PhiweKhoza Name calling is not my stock in trade, as not responding to you for you call me a loudmouth. Who know, you might be just that,what you call others. At this rate won't be around by 2015.

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