Undefeated Sharks stay on track
Cape Town - The Sharks are the only unbeaten side left in Super Rugby after four rounds of fixtures - a statistic that doesn't mean a whole lot in the greater scheme of things.
There is obviously still a long way to go, but what is clear is that this Sharks side is light-years apart from the one that battled to 11th place on the overall log in 2015.
After four rounds of fixtures last year the Sharks had lost at home to the Cheetahs and away to the Bulls and Stormers.
Their 16-16 draw at Loftus on Saturday - Joe Pietersen's last minute miss costing them victory - was probably their worst performance of the season.
Still, it has been a fantastic start for the Durbanites as they prepare for a tough run of fixtures.
The Sharks host the Crusaders this weekend before they have a bye.
After that, they host the Lions before a three-week tour of New Zealand sees them take on the Blues, Highlanders and Chiefs.
"Yes, we’re happy," Gold said after the Bulls game.
"But after last year and the debacle we
had we have set ourselves high standards and I don’t think we were good enough
with ball in hand tonight.
"I think we’re a team that, if we do get through
phases and get into our attacking shape, we should be able to ask questions of
Gold was more unhappy with his side's performance than he was with the Pietersen miss, but the overall picture is still a positive one.
"Out of those four performances, three were away from home," Gold said of his side's start to the season.
"It’s a tough competition and away wins are hard to come by. We’re okay with
where we are.
"It’s nice to be in a
position like this when we feel that we’re not really playing our best rugby.
That’s a positive … it’s a lovely incentive for us to keep working harder."
The Sharks take on the Crusaders on Saturday, with kick-off at 17:15.