and shared the spoils at Danie Craven Stadium on Tuesday as they drew 0-0 with Wayne Sandilands pulling off numerous saves.
Stellies made their intentions clear in the opening few minutes of the game as Ashley Du Preez came close to scoring from very close range following a set piece.
The Cape Winelands outfit kept the pressure on Pirates, especially towards the latter stages of the first half, as they peppered Sandilands’ goal with shots.
Jayden Adams tested the Bucs goalkeeper with a shot on target in the 32nd minute, forcing him into a good save, before Du Preez missed a chance from close range again after he was fed by Stanley Dimgba.
It was all Stellenbosch in the last 10 minutes of the opening stanza as Granwald Scott also tried his luck with a shot at goal that went over the bar.
Sandilands was a busy man as he had to keep out another shot from Adams before the Stellies man sent his next effort just wide of the post.
Pirates had a rare shot on target when Deon Hotto tried to make an impact for the visitors, but Lee Langeveldt did well to keep his effort out of goal.
On the stroke of half-time Thulani Hlatshwayo got into a promising position following a corner and connected with a cross from Hotto, but he sent the header over the bar.
Stanley Dimgba, who had created many of Stellies’ chances in the first half, tried to beat Sandilands in the first minute of the second half but directed the ball over the bar.
Josef Zinnbauer’s charges were agonisingly close to taking the lead in the 48th minute when Kabelo Dlamini unleashed a shot from outside the box that hit the Stellies woodwork.
Sandilands was once again called to action as Du Preez drilled one low and across the gloveman who made another stop.
Gabadinho Mhango attempted a difficult shot from a tight angle as the battle for the three points continued, but once again the goalkeepers came out on top as Langeveldt pulled off an impressive save.
Sandilands again saved Pirates’ hide in the last few minutes of the game when Nathan Sinkala directed a header on target from Marc van Heerden’s cross.
Neither side could make the decisive breakthrough in the end and had to settle for a point each.