Nowhere to hide for Sharks – Gold

Date published: April 6 2015

Sharks boss Gary Gold has apologised for his side's performance during their humiliating 52-10 loss to the Crusaders in Durban on Saturday.

The home side went into the clash in third spot on the overall table and at the top of the South African Conference but were blown away by the seven-time champions who outscored them by eight tries to one.

And to add insult to injury, the Sharks were forced to play most of the game with 14 men after Jean Deysel was red-carded in the 39th minute after he kneed the Crusaders' Matt Todd on the back of his neck.

“There is nothing more we can do than apologise for that performance,” he said.

“It is not just the fact that we copped 50 points, but the manner in which we did.

“You see the ball bouncing in your 22, and there is no urgency to grab it … you look for the spark, but it is not there. We just kept giving them soft opportunities

“It was an unacceptable performance and I am not going to blame the players, I take the responsibility.

"I put my hand up and we will fix it. We have to show some character now… and some discipline.”