Kingston Nkhatha scored late in the first half, as Pirates held Chiefs to a 1-1 draw in a match played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Orlando Pirates were first to launch the attack inside the opening two minutes when Andile Jali found space outside the Chiefs box, but his shot sailed over the bar.
George Lebese did brilliantly to turn the Pirates defence inside out in the 8th minute, but his left-footed attempt went across the face of Senzo Meyiwa’s goal.
Having threatened from the first whistle, the Buccaneers took the lead in the 10th minute when Kermit Erasmus met Thabo Matlaba’s cross with a brilliant volley to make it 1-0.
Chiefs won a free-kick just outside the Pirates in the 16th minute, but Bernard Parker’s strike narrowly went over the bar as Chiefs looked for a quick comeback.
On 17 minutes, Erasmus smartly played Daine Klate through from the left hand side of the AmaKhosi area, but the Pirates winger could not hit the target.
Erasmus should have done better in the 24th minute as Pirates continued to push forward. The goalscorer received possession alone outside the Chiefs area, but his left-footed effort could not trouble Khune as it went over the bar.
Siphiwe Tshabalala then threatened Meyiwa with long range shot from outside the Pirates box in the 27th minute, but his shot lacked direction as it went wide of Meyiwa’s goal.
Chiefs won their first corner of the game after Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s 35th minute strike was deflected by Ayanda Gcaba, but AmaKhosi could not take the advantage from the corner kick.
AmaKhosi then grabbed the equalizer with less than five minutes from halftime through Kingston Nkhatha after a short cross from Tshabalala inside the Pirates box, to give the Chiefs fans something to smile about going into the second half.
Chiefs picked up where they left off in the first half, and it was Nkhatha who fired from distance in the 53rd minute, but Meyiwa pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Chiefs forward.
Lennox Bacela was on target a few seconds later from inside the Chiefs penalty area, but Khune was equal to the task as he tipped his shot over the bar for a Pirates corner.
The game then started to be more of a physical affair between the Soweto giants, and the two sides struggled with possession, let alone creating goalscoring chances.
Pirates came close restoring their lead in the 75th minute after substitute Tlou Segolela sliced past Letsholonyane on the right before whipping in a cross inside the Chiefs box, but it proved to be too far for Sifiso Myeni who tried to score from an awkward angle.
Both teams really struggled to create chances in the last 10 minutes of the game, but Pirates looked dangerous every time they pushed forward, as the two giants of South African football shared the spoils.