Pirates had the chance to move to within a point of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns with a win, but could not fashion meaningful periods of attack or scoring chances throughout the dour affair. The Bucs, however, did move ahead of Wits into third position on 45 points – ahead of The Clever Boys on goal difference.
The Buccaneers had the majority of possession on the night, but did little with it, as they demonstrated a severe lack of creativity going forward. For Tuks, the point away from home against the Soweto giants meant they stayed in 10th place on 31 points. In an opening stanza without many goalscoring chances, it was the visitors who began brighter before Pirates were able to work their way into the game as the interval approached.
In just the fourth minute Tuks were thwarted by the woodwork as the Pirates defence were caught out. Thabo Mnyamane went on a blistering run down the left before crossing into the box. A Pirates defender deflected the ball into the path of Atusaye Nyondo and his first time effort was thrust into the crossbar. Pirates launched their first meaningful attack in the 11th minute where Khethokwakhe Masuku found himself unmarked from close range, but deposited a woeful strike into the crowd.
Minutes later, Thabo Rakhale made his way into the Tuks area and his low effort needed a reaction save with the foot from Washington Arubi in the visitors’ goal. Masuku was involved again in the 24th minute with a decent chance at scoring. The attacking midfielder showed some good skill with a turn before reeling off a powerfully struck effort which just missed to the right of goal. On the cusp of half-time, Happy Jele made a menacing run into the Tuks box, and was brought down by defender Partson Jaure.
The subdued penalty appeal was waved away by the referee as the goalless scoreline remained intact at the interval.