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"We played some really good footy, did enough to win the game three times over and just inaccuracies let us down," he said.
"I thought the things we focused on during the week - be committed to each other and be committed to the physical battle - we did well, so you can't fault the effort. But just too many inaccuracies meant we just could not finish them off."
He said there was simply too many individual errors, and that let the Bulls back into the game as the match finished in a 24-24 draw.
The Bulls were able to slow the game down to their pace and the Highlanders allowed them to do that, Mauger said.
He said the team had looked good when it had control and when it made inroads into the defensive line.
"We should have been ahead by 30 points by halftime. We just had to be more patient with the ball."
He admitted there were four poor kick-off receptions from his side and they were key moments in the game.
"We had focused on the moments especially after scoring points. And there were four points which were critical for the game. Just individually we did not nail our roles in those moments. We know how important those moments are and put a lot of work into them."
He said there appeared to be a slim chance to make the playoffs, although how other teams performed over the weekend would have a bearing on whether his side would still be in with a sniff next week.
"I think there is a slight chance and we are still in it. But that will be dependent on what happens in the next 48 hours."
He said Liam Squire had made an impressive return with 50 minutes and had come through the game well.