Sharks coach Robert du Preez has blasted his side's performance in the 40-10 drubbing at the hands of the Bulls in Durban on Saturday.
The Sharks have been worryingly inconsistent over the past two seasons. Last year, they were beating the likes of the Brumbies, Stormers and Waratahs and losing to the Kings while drawing with the Rebels the next.
This season, they appear to be continuing that trend. They followed up a convincing 63-40 win over the Blues with their best performance of the season against the Hurricanes before producing their worst showing of the season against the Bulls last weekend.
Speaking after their capitulation to the Bulls, who are now unbeaten in their last six matches against the Sharks, Du Preez told Sport 24: "It's an embarrassment … it was a complete lack of effort.
"There was still lots of time left to pull the game back, but you've got to fight for every minute to do that and we didn't. There was no effort.
"Nothing went right tonight."
Meanwhile, Du Preez gave credit where credit was due.
"We spoke about the Bulls scoring points in the first 20 minutes of every game and that's been a trend right through Super Rugby. That put us on the back foot and we could never recover from that," he said.
"I think they played the perfect game. There was a good mix of running rugby and kicking the ball into space. We just couldn't handle it.
"We've got to take this loss on the chin and move on and fix it next week."