Player ratings: Kaizer Chiefs 0 City 1

Taylor – Kicking was more erratic than Saturday, but demonstrated his abilities with a low fingertip save in the second half. 7

Zabaleta – Competitive at right back though he was done for pace a couple of times. 7

Mee – An improvement on Saturday’s showing and no silly penalty conceded. 7

McGivern – Strong and assured. It was good to see him in the first team. 8

Bridge – Bombed forward when he could and linked up with Petrov in the second half though not Etuhu in the first. 6

Wright-Phillips – Started very brightly and appears to be over his injury despite tiring in the second half. 6

De Jong – Looked strong with Barry alongside him.  This could well be the pairing for the start of the season. 7

Barry – First of the Summer signings to make an appearance and very assured it was to. 8

Ireland – Captain was at the hub of everything. 8

Etuhu – Good run and cross for the goal but I fear his future is elsewhere.  Missed a great chance late on. 4

Caicedo – Strong but still lacked the necessary finesse as was the case last season. 5


Benjani – Forlorn looking.  Didn’t always receive great service, but still should have done a lot better.  Clearly he’s for sale but I’m not sure what his level is on this showing. 3

Petrov – A big improvement on Saturday, linking up with Bridge and putting over some crosses that the strikers in the stands would have been noting. 7

Vidal – Looked more comfortable than Saturday and wasn’t unduly tested. 6

Garrido – A brief run out late on and slotted in without any problems. 6

Man of the match: Barry

Player ratings: Orlando Pirates 2 City 0

Taylor – To get beat from so far out for the second goal initially looked embarrassing, but in truth there wasn’t anything he could do about it.  Otherwise capable without looking exceptional.  6

Zabaleta – Half time switch to midfield reminded us of his flexibility.  Competitive and capable in midfield without ever dominating.  5

Ben Haim – Must have been as surprised as the rest of us to see him starting a game.  5

Mee – Wholehearted, but let down by giving away an unnecessary penalty with an obvious shirt tug.  5

Garrido – Defensively he spent the afternoon being to easily beaten.  A shame as he demonstrated good technique when getting forward.  5

Ireland – Captain for the day, and looked the fittest after another kung fu summer.  Lacked the cutting edge to make things happen though.  6

Johnson – A welcome surprise to see him back.  Bigger than ever if not better, but the U-21 international did ok.  Let’s hope there’s no reaction.  6

Weiss – Lively and looked our most likely source of inspiration.  Needs to learn to play the early ball when it’s on.  7

Petrov – Did anything he try come off?  Frustrating to those who remember what he’s capable of.  5

Bojinov – Looked so much fitter than at the end of last season, which is a big plus.  Just hope he gets a chance.  6

Bellamy – The first player to get booked, and for berating a linesman on an off-side call.  He just doesn’t do friendly, and for that we should be grateful.  Like Bojinov, playing for his future.  6


Vidal – Did ok, but not well enough to suggest he’s going to be breaking into the first team on this showing.  5

Benjani – Showed some decent movement, but goals just didn’t look likely, and that’s what we needed  5.

Caicedo – Used his strength well on a couple of occasions, but the link-up play wasn’t good enough to cause any real problems.  5

De Jong – Appeared to be brought on for a run out, as he’s hardly the type to turn a game round.  Showed his usual positional discipline, which I always feel Zabaletta could learn from.  6

Man of the match: Weiss