Bidvest Wits defeated a relatively unknown Mauritian outfit Pamplemousses 2-0 in a Caf Champions League preliminary round first-leg tie at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.
Despite fielding fringe players, Wits will take a comfortable advantage into the second leg after dominating proceedings and claiming an easy win in Johannesburg.
Gavin Hunt made nine changes from the team that lost to Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday, but he would be happy with how his fringe players performed on the night.
The hosts led inside 23 minutes through a stunning header from Kobamelo Koisang.
Wits forward Eleazar Rodgers doubled the Students lead in the 43rd minute when he calmly slotted past the Pamplemousses goalkeeper from Vincent Pule’s defence-splitting pass.
Pule thought he had gotten on the scoresheet himself after some neat footwork and clever play in the 69th minute, but his goal was disallowed for offside.
Wits' first-half strikes proved decisive as they couldn't add to their tally in the second half.
Pamplemousses will now look to overturn the deficit on home soil on the 20th of February 2018.
The two sides will be without a player each after their players were shown red cards midway through the second half.
Keegan Ritchie was sent off for retaliation a few minutes from time and he will miss the clash in Belle Vue.
Pamplemousses will have to make changes to their defence after defender Remy received marching orders for a second bookable offence.