SuperSport United thrashed Orlando Pirates 3-0 at Mbombela Stadium to register their first Absa Premiership win of the season on Wednesday night.
Justice Chabalala made his first league starts since December 2017 along with Fortune Makaringe and Gabadinho Mhango who were handed their first starts for Bucs, while Thembinkosi Lorch was named among the substitutes.
Mhango looked to give the visitors an early lead after cutting in from the far side, but Ronwen Williams smothered comfortably. Pirates launched a scare after 26 minutes with a glancing header from Makaringe who drifted into the defensive area, but Williams collected firmly.
Sipho Mbule let the Sea Robbers of the hook on the half-hour mark with a wayward finish from poor defensive work. SuperSport atoned four minutes later as Bradley Grobler latched onto a back-pass from Thabiso Monyane to poke past Wayne Sandilands.
Grant Kekana denied the Buccaneers a way back in added time with a last-ditch clearance off Innocent Maela.
Pirates responded with a double change at the break, with Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch coming for Augustine Mulenga and Alfred Ndengane respectively, while Mahachi made way for United at the same time, with Ghampani Lungu hurled onto the pitch.
However, Grobler extended the home side's advantage from yet another defensive breakdown on 54 minutes after Maela failed to clear his lines.
Pirates efforts for a comeback was eradicated on 65 minutes when Lungu combined with Grobler to finish beyond Sandilands.
Thamsanqa Gabuza ran off the bench to face his former side for the first time, with Evans Rusike sacrificed in the
final 15 minutes. The bulky forward didn’t manage to get one over his previous club, but the damage was already done as Matsatsantsa romped to their first win of the season.
Both sides now turn focus to the MTN 8, with Pirates tackling Highlands Park while United take on Bidvest Wits this weekend.
SuperSport: Williams, Nhlapo, Kekana, Daniels, Bhasera , Furman, Mokoena, Mbule, Mahachi , Rusike, Grobler.
Subs: Pule, Fleurs, Webber, Khumalo, Gabuza, Mnyamane, Lungu .
Pirates: Sandilands, Jele, Ndengane, Chabalala, Maela, Motshwari, Nyatama, Monyane, Makaringe, Mhango, Mulenga.
Subs :Mpontshane, Mbekile, Dlamini, Memela, Ndlovu, Lorch, Shonga.