Gold reflects on ‘critical’ decisions

Date published: March 2 2015

Sharks boss Gary Gold was left to wonder about two big decisions made by the officials during his side's loss to the Bulls at Loftus.

Jesse Kriel's pass for Francois Hougaard's try was adjudged to be legal by the officials, despite a suggestion it went forward, while Odwa Ndungane's knock-on ruled out a try for SP Marais.

Looking at the bigger picture, Gold added that small decisions such as those could prove to be crucial in the wider context of the season.

"That first Bulls try and the other TMO decision – when the try Odwa Ndungane set up was overruled – were critical," Gold told reporters.

"They were game changers in a much bigger sense than we can understand," Gold said.

"It went from us potentially winning the game, potentially getting a fourth try, to then losing the game with a bonus point and losing the game without a bonus point.

"That is massive in a South African conference that will be very tightly contested, because every team is good this year and everyone is competitive."

Despite coming away from Pretoria without any points, Gold was pleased with his side's attitude as they fought back late on.

"It was a very intense pressure cooker as it always is at Loftus against a very desperate Bulls team that I thought played well," added Gold.

"On the one hand I think both teams made errors but in short the comeback and the character shown by the guys, the opportunities we created and executed we were very unlucky to lose that game."