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Bulls get a fright before Blues

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Sportal.co.nz     04 Mar 2013     Getty Images

Ludeke said the fact the side scored a four-try bonus point masked the fact it was a poor display.

"In the first half they [the Force] kicked long and our kicking game from that wasn't good enough.

"It was definitely our worst performance in the last five years, the way we almost absorbed the pressure they applied there," he said.

The way his side came back to claim a win after being down 19-26 had been a saving grace.

"Last year against the Blues we were in exactly the same situation, we couldn't get out of that grip and tonight we got back.

"All credit to the captain for the way we got back to things that are working for us, the maul started working, we managed the high ball, we forced some turnovers and we converted pressure."

Ludeke was hopeful that momentum could be carried into their Australasian tour. They play the Blues, Crusaders, Reds and Brumbies in succession.

"We will take a lot of confidence away, that is what we will need on tour as you will not always have the upper-hand and you will need to grind and stick to what you are good at," he said.