Emiliano Tade of Mamelodi Sundowns and Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates in action during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, April 1 2019. Picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI/GALLO IMAGES
Emiliano Tade of Mamelodi Sundowns and Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates in action during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, April 1 2019. Picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI/GALLO IMAGES
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There was no April fooling Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on Monday night, the Brazilians happy to box clever and take the point in a 0-0 Absa Premiership draw by quelling a first-half fire from Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane had said some weeks ago that he would happily accept a draw from this game.

A win for the Brazilians could have seen them in a healthy position in the final sprint for the PSL, and Pirates far less so.

But Sundowns could also have conceded the lead to Pirates, the team the Brazilians see as the clearest threat defending their title.

And when Downs tested the waters with some early dominance, Pirates responded with  a hurricane.

So it was no surprise when the Pretoria team were more concerned with expertly closing shop, keeping an eye
on sneaking a winner, than exposing themselves in the second half.

Sundowns gave a warning of their ice-cream smooth deliciousness in just the second minute.

Emiliano Tade allowed the ball to run under his heel for Tebogo Langerman to burst down the left and square, Lebohang Maboe connecting wide at the near post.

Bucs lifted their tempo to a level even Downs could not keep pace with. Luvuyo Memela ran the Brazilians ragged.