Sharks: ‘We won’t apologise for how we won’

Sharks boss Gary Gold was defiant after his side's win over the Highlanders, although he acknowledged his side's lack of tries is a problem.

The Sharks have only scored 14 tries this season, the second-lowest figure in the competition tied with the Kings. This week they play the Chiefs, who lead the competition in try-scoring with 43.

Despite having a man advantage for roughly 48 minutes against the Highlanders, after Jason Emery's red card, the Sharks were unable to cross the line and had to rely on the boot of young fly-half Garth April to secure a one-point victory.

“A year ago a Sharks team came [to Dunedin] and played poorly and towards the end actually gave up, so the character shown in this game was special,” Gold told Supersport.

“We scrapped it out and got there in the end. We know that it was not pretty and that try-scoring remains a problem.

"But we are not going to apologise for how we won.

"We take on board that we have to start scoring tries but in the meantime if we can win in New Zealand through courage and determination, we will take that.”

Overturning the Chiefs this Friday would send out a real message but Gold is aware of just how difficult that may be to pull off, based on the Chiefs' outstanding form so far this year.

“The Chiefs are the best team in New Zealand and we are a long way from the finished product. Everybody knows that. But it is much easier to work on things you know you need to fix when you have the foundation of a win," he explained.

"The guys just cannot wait to get cracking on the training field so that we can give ourselves the best possible shot of winning the match.”