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Saturday, April 21, 2012    Sportal.co.nz    Getty Images

It was the Blues seventh loss in eight games, but they played well for much of the match and they were unlucky not to least draw.

Lam supported the decision of the senior players to turn down two kickable penalties, which would have given them a draw, as they sought the match-winning try in the final minutes.

"The boys made the decision on the field and I support them. They backed themselves to go for the win. We needed the win.

"I thought we played just about well enough to win. I feel for the boys. They put in a very committed effort."

Lam queried what he thought was a forward pass, and the holding back of Rene Ranger when Kurt Baker scored the match-winning try for the Highlanders.

"When it goes against you, it goes against you," he said ruefully.

He was not impressed with the influence exerted on the game by the assistant referees.

"There was quite a bit of influence from the touch judges. There were some crucial calls made by the touch judges, and some crucial calls not made by them.

"I guess the result reflects our season. Intercept passes, dodgy tries and now this. That's the rub of the green. We're not getting it at the moment but we've got to keep going."

Lam was pleased at the physicality displayed by his pack and way they shut down Highlanders' forward runners like Andrew Hore, Adam Thomson and Nasi Manu.

And he thought the backs played some of their best rugby of the season.

Lam believes it is only a matter of time until the wins start to come and he believes that will be against the Queensland Reds at Eden Park next Friday night.

The match in Dunedin was watched by a crowd of 18, 471.