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PIRATES READY FOR DERBY REMATCH

Stand-in Orlando Pirates coach Fadlu Davids believes his side’s squad rotation will help them in their return MTN8 semi-final clash against Kaizer Chiefs.

Pirates spectacularly brushed aside Chiefs 3-0 in the first leg to head into Sunday’s outing full of confidence.

While the Glamour Boys continue to struggle, the Bucs have been dealing with the absence of their head coach and a congested fixture list with ease.

“If you take our first three matches, in every match there were 3-5 changes – against Cape Town City, then going to AmaZulu and then Stellenbosch,” said Davids.

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“Ja, a much better performance against Kaizer Chiefs [last Saturday] and now you want to build continuity. You can talk in hindsight what is right or wrong, we know it’s three games in one week, and to prioritise.

“Yes, we felt the effects of it in the first half [against Celtic] but that’s what we’ve got to get used to because of our schedule coming up – it’s CAF, the league, MTN8 and Nedbank.

“If you want to push your players in terms of conditioning, you have to do it early in the season, knowing that we did not get a full six-week pre-season.

“So we felt it in the first half but the squad we have was able to then turn it around in the second half, with the changes making the impact that we needed.”

Pirates forward Thembinkosi Lorch is in doubt for the match.

Chiefs host Pirates at the FNB Stadium on Sunday with kick-off set for 3pm.

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