Leon MacDonald disappointed by Blues' continued issues on the road after Highlanders loss

Blues coach Leon MacDonald has been left frustrated and disappointed by his side's continued inability to perform on the road after last night's lost to the Highlanders in Dunedin.

The Blues were handed their 23rd straight loss away from Eden Park against Kiwi teams in the 24-12 loss after the Highlanders countered Tom Robinson's 22nd minute try with 24 unanswered points.

The error-ridden performance was disappointing, MacDonald said.

"We haven't played well away yet and that's something we need to address as a group," MacDonald said.

"At home we've been playing good rugby but away we haven't quite matched that so it's something we need to address."

MacDonald said a key area of inconsistency he had issues with was the set-piece. 

"It's good to have a good scrum but when you concede a pushover try ... we weren't able to get one, so we're frustrated as a group to let those tries in," MacDonald said.

"Overall the scrum has been working really well for us this year, it's just those little moments we're not getting right." 

Despite losing to the Chiefs and Highlanders the past two weeks on the road, the Blues remain third in the New Zealand conference and eighth on the overall standings.