As plucky as the Sharks were against the Crusaders at Kings Park at the weekend, there was an inevitably about the result given that the New Zealanders were doing all the attacking, and the black and white dam wall could not hold out forever.
It took until the 72nd minute for All Black No 8 Kieran Read to score the try that gave his side what would be a match-winning lead, but if it had not been for two against the-run-of play tries by Lwazi Mvovo, not to mention errant goal-kicking by the Crusaders, the Kiwis would have been out of sight long before the final 10 minutes. “We did not deserve to win the game, it as simple as that,” coach Gary Gold said.
“We had aimed to play a much more attacking game but for a number of reasons we did not have enough possession and had to rely on our defence to keep us in the game.”
Gold said that in the first half, especially, his team kicked badly and struggled in the set pieces before improving in the second half. The Sharks could yet have snatched it when Willie le Roux scampered after a probing kick-ahead from Cobus Reinach, gathered and scored, only to be thwarted by the TMO, who decreed that the fullback was ahead of the kicker.
Gold said that he was not happy with all the decisions the TMO made in the game but declined to elaborate.