Ronwen Williams 7
The SuperSport United goalkeeper had a great match making shot-stopping saves and was involved in the first goal when his route-one kick ended with Brockie scoring. Williams was not at fault for the goals scored by Orlando Pirates – the first goal he made a save with Pirates scoring from a rebound and the second goal was an own-goal.
Sibusiso Khumalo 7
Khumalo was influential right through whether in defence or attacks. He tried to clear Williams’ save but couldn’t as Memela finished off the rebound. But the left-back was clever to dispossess Rakhale which ended as a goal scored as an own-goal. In the 30th minute Khumalo dispossessed Rakhale outside the 18-area and played a great pass for Brockie whose shot was saved by Mhlongo before Grobler finished off the rebound.
Mario Booysen 7
Read the game well right through the match and cleared Ndoro’s through-ball in the second minute. But the centre-back was nowhere to be seen when his partner Daniels scored an own-goal. Bounced back and had a solid performance when Pirates were throwing everything up front.
Clayton Daniels 6
Daniels defended well but made two crucial mistakes with one of them ending in the back of his own net. In the first half he conceded a silly free-kick on the D after a foul on Rakhale but Makola’s free-kick went inches wide. In the 53rd minute he scored an own-goal after Boxall failed to clear Myeni’s cross.
Michael Boxall 8
Except for failing to clear Myeni’s cross which resulted in an own-goal, Boxall was a key player in SuperSport’s victory. In the first half he dealt with attacks from Memela and Matlaba and in the 14th minute he did well to cross for Brockie’s headed goal. With four minutes before half-time Boxall made a great run from the back after a route-one kick by Williams. Phala played a through-pass for Morton whose rebounded shot ended with Boxall scoring with a header.
Dean Furman 7
Nothing flashy but a solid performance from Furman who organised his midfield and defence especially in the second half when Pirates were attacking.
Michael Morton 7
Morton assisted in defence and pushed up front whenever needed. In SuperSport’s first goal, Morton was unlucky not to score from Phala’s pass but his shot rebounded and was scored by Boxall.
Thuso Phala 6
Could have scored twice from a counter-attack in the second half but failed to beat Myeni who was the last man in the Pirates defence. But the speedy winger showed flashes of brilliance during the match with one of those instances resulting in a goal by Boxall.
Dove Wome 6
With SuperSport playing a defensive formation relying on catching Pirates on counter, the Togolese international failed to impose his game. But early in the first half he took a great shot outside the box – after a mistake by a Pirates defender – but Mhlongo did well to save.
Jeremy Brockie 8
A brilliant performance from the New Zealander – in the 14th minute he scored a close-range header from Boxall’s cross and for SuperSport’s third goal it was his well-taken shot which was saved by Mhlongo with Grobler finishing off on the rebound.
Bradley Grobler 7
Put the Pirates defence under pressure right through the first half and finished off with a great volley after Mhlongo parried Brockie’s shot.
Boalefa Pule 7
Came on with thirteen minutes left to make his professional debut in place of the injured Williams. Pule was kept busy right through the 20 minutes he played and dealt well with crosses.
Came on for Jeremy Brockie in referee’s optional time.
Replaced the ineffective Wome with three minutes remaining and helped defend against the tide of Pirates attacks.