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NEWS: Stellenbosch ‘confident’ of claiming maximum points against Pirates

Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker has backed his side to claim maximum points when they lock horns with Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium on Wednesday.

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Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker has backed his side to claim maximum points when they lock horns with Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium on Wednesday.

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The Cape outfit are flying high in second place in the Premiership standings after a 2-2 draw with AmaZulu at the weekend extended their unbeaten start to the season.

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, have been struggling for consistency of late, recording one win, three draws and one defeat in their last five Premiership fixtures.

Barker feels that Wednesday’s clash presents his team with a great opportunity to claim all three points on offer.

“We all know Pirates have the individual quality to win any football game,” Barker told the club’s media department.

“We can’t look too much into their inconsistencies but rather focus on what we need to be doing and be aware of the challenges they will provide us.

“But in saying all of that, I feel for the first time in this league that we can go into the game against Pirates and feel confident that we can get maximum points.”

Stellenbosch are one of the highest-scoring teams in the Premiership this season after netting 15 goals in their first 11 games of the campaign.

And Barker has explained the reasons for his team’s impressive attacking play.

“The players have got more experienced and are mature. The confidence level is high up there. They had a very good preseason,” Barker explained.

“Starting the season well always give you the momentum but I think the main factor is our conversion rate.

“It is not as if we are creating as many chances as we did last year.

“We are converting our rate a lot higher than it was last season and I think it is clear for everyone to see that we did create chances in the past and we were not taking them.

“Fortunately, this season we are and long may it continue.”

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