Tuks, Wits share the spoils

2014-03-19 21:45
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Pretoria - Despite a late barrage on the University of Pretoria goal, Wits had to settle for a share of the spoils as Tuks held them to a goalless draw in a PSL clash at Tuks Stadium, in Pretoria, on Wednesday evening.

The Students enjoyed the lion's share of possession but were unable to capitalise as Tuks packed their defence and continued to be solid at home, where they have earned 23 points out of a possible 36.

Wits forced Tuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi into a quick-fire double save in the eighth minute, before piling on the pressure and keeping the hosts camped in their own half.

Sibusiso Vilakazi was next to test Arubi when he ghosted past the AmaTuks defence and found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Arubi, however, made a brave stop on the ground to deny the Bafana Bafana international the opener.

Tuks struggled to get hold of the ball as their counterparts from Johannesburg starved the home side of possession, while paying regular visits into Tuks' final third.

With little in the form of action after the break, the Clever Boys continued to boss the midfield and saw plenty of the ball, but still had nothing to show for their efforts as the hour mark passed.

The game failed to produce any meaningful opportunities as the clock wound down toward 90 minutes, despite Wits boss Gavin Hunt introducing Benjani Mwaruwari and Papy Faty late in the encounter to try and spark a chance.

Faty struck the side-netting with nine minutes to play from a Wits free-kick, before Amos Ngcobo had the best opportunity of the game from a header at the back post, but managed only to find the safe hands of Arubi in goal.

The draw was enough to see Tuks climb a place into 10th spot on the table, moving above Ajax Cape Town, while Wits remain third and still in the hunt for a shot at the title.

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