The bones were on track for six from six, but finished with five because of the incompetence of a Television Match Official.
The bones, running at 67 percent going into the weekend’s clashes predicted wins for the Crusaders, Waratahs, Bulls, Blues, Sharks and Cheetahs. Five wins took the season winning percentage to 69 percent. A sixth would have taken the bones into the 70 percent bracket.
By all accounts it should have been six from six. But an idiot, who doubled for a TMO in Linston Manuel, did not know the law and refused to award a try that would have finished off the Hurricanes comeback in Pretoria and condemned them to defeat.
For the third successive weekend the bones had to be satisfied with a five from six return.
The Crusaders and Tahs matches were no-brainers. Some would suggest the same was true for the Loftus showdown, but then no one accounted for an incompetent TMO.
The Blues, in Auckland, were always going to have a chance against the Brumbies. The latter don’t travel well to New Zealand or South Africa and have an away winning percentage of 35 in the last decade. They have traditionally struggled against the Blues and with former Brumbies coach David Nucifora the mastermind behind the Brumbies undoing in Auckland a year ago, the odds were always stacked in favour of the home team.
And so it turned out.
The bones also backed a Sharks win on the basis of good Sharks form and the Highlanders long travel back to Dunedin from Johannesburg. That was also a bit of no brainer and the final no brainer was at Newlands. The Cheetahs were never going to lose, despite doing everything in their power to choke in Cape Town. Having led 18-3, they found themselves 25-21 down with 10 minutes to play. With sanity restored to proceedings after a Cheetahs try, Meyer Bosman nailed the final kick and the death blow to the Stormers Vodacom Super 14 campaign to take the winning margin to six points, just one off the seven point defeat predicted by the bones.
Week one: 4/7
Week two: 4/7
Week three: 4/7
Week four: 5/6
Week five: 5/6
Week six: 5/6
Total: 27/39 = 69 percent (and climbing)