Gold happy with Sharks performance


Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, is happy that his team managed to beat the Emirates Golden Lions with a bonus-point victory at Kings Park on Saturday evening.

The Sharks lost their opening Super Rugby match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs on Valentine’s Day, but made a strong comeback against the Lions after winning the game 29-12 in rainy conditions.

"I think relief is the word," Gold said after the game.

"It's certainly not a big celebration. It's such early days now, you can throw all these clichés around and say you move on from the loss like last week.

"But you don't really move on from a loss like that. It was disappointing and really it was our fault.

"We didn't perform well enough, so it was weighing heavily on our minds.

"That's the psychological challenge you have as a coach, it's hopefully to give the players confidence that they're good enough and they can come back from something like that.

Gold said that he was surprised that the team scored four tries in the heavy rain.

“I'm very grateful it did end up that way. I thought we managed the game well to be able to keep the momentum that got us to those opportunities that led to the tries,” he said.

"I was happy with the urgency and the general play all around. So I'm very proud of the performance."

The Sharks will next be facing the Vodacom Blue Bulls for their third Super Rugby match at Loftus in Pretoria this coming Saturday.


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