Louis Ludik wants Ulster to press on in Guinness PRO12

Louis Ludik
Louis Ludik

Full back Louis Ludik is hoping Ulster can continue the try scoring form as they travel to Edinburgh.

Ulster have scored 10 tries in their last two games yielding two bonus points, last Friday’s win against Treviso has put Neil Doak’s side back into the top four.

“We’re getting much better, we are building confidence and we are getting there, we’re obviously not where we want to be but we’re working hard off the field and things are looking up,” said Ludik.

“The first couple of weeks it felt like the whole week was sunny then come Friday or Saturday it was raining, I think with a dry ball we can throw it around a bit.”

Ulster scored six tries against Treviso last week but Ludik was as bemused as everyone else with the Italians tactics at the scrum.

“The scrums were so long and I have never seen anything like it before, the scrums were 15 seconds long and it’s times like that I’m glad I’m not a prop, I must take my hat off to the forwards and you can see they are working very hard in the scrums and it gives a nice platform for the backs.”

“The first half we made a lot of mistakes and did play in the end we had a couple of nicely worked tries, overall we weren’t very happy with our performance even though it was a good score line, the yellow cards helped us a lot, overall we didn’t play that well so we can’t think everything is in place and we are still working hard.”

Ludik has started 12 games at full back and five on the wing.

“Where every the team needs me I’m ready to play, in your career you want to stay in one position at the moment I’m happy to help the team where ever I can, it’s nice to have continuity and get confidence in one position, this season I have played a lot at full back and been on the wing now and then.”

“I’m very comfortable at full back but on the wing if you have played a lot at full back you tend to fall back into full back, the nice thing about switching is as a full back I know what I want from my wingers so I can try to help out my full back as much as possible and be in place for him.”

Ludik is looking forward to a first visit to Murrayfield despite the low crowd numbers and catching up with so old friends from South Africa who are now playing at Edinburgh.

“Murrayfield is always one of the fields I have wanted to play on, it’s one of the mega stadiums in the world and they have done the pitch over and it is going to be a nice surface and I can’t wait to play on it.”

“It will be strange, I think it will be pretty similar to when I played at the Lions, Ellis Park is a massive stadium but no always the crowed you wanted especially in the Currie Cup the crowd was small, Super Rugby was a bit bigger but not a huge crowd in a massive stadium.”

“I think it will feel that I am back in those days at the Lions but I think it will be the same as Ellis Park which has a brilliant pavilion, we have to create our own vibe, we’re not at home so we have to build our own spirit and when we call something we might be able to hear each other so that is the one thing that is a positive.”

“I have played a couple of seasons with Anton Bresler, Andress Strauss I think I played one or two seasons with him, I don’t know WP Nel that well I’ve played against him a couple of times but not with him, so there are a couple of Sharks guys I have played with it’s always nice playing against them.”

Ludik won a couple of Currie Cup medals in South and now he wants to add a Pro12 one to the collection.

“It would be awesome, there is no secret ingredient to winning it is just hard work and the team performing and we have been unlucky with injuries, the form of the team hasn’t been where it should be, we’re not completely satisfied we’re in a good spot at the moment and we are building up and the next four weeks is very important to us, we just have to take it game by game and just give everything and hope we get no more injuries and the guys coming in from the Six Nations will help us with back up.”

With injury and international call ups Ludik feels this is the period when Ulster’s overseas players need to step up to the plate.

“This is not the international season for the foreigners it is time for us to take the leader role and help the team especially now during the Six Nations.”