In week 8 I started a segment called “Time for Predictions”. This was my week 8 Log predictions.
Before the Chiefs game the Sharks still had their faith in their own hands and by winning all their own games could have still possibly ended 4th on the log, just behind the Reds at three and topping the Australian log. The Stormers and Crusaders were the top two and the Bulls and Chiefs made up the rest of the top six. The teams who just missed out in my week 8 predictions were the Brumbies, The Highlanders and the Hurricanes.
I made a spreadsheet (2012 SUPER 15 – 30 April) with predictions (also in Week 10 Spreadsheet pdf) and an example of how the spreadsheet works. Let’s see what happened to my predictions after two weeks of rugby:
Just to let you know, I correctly predicted all the results of week 10 and thus my predicted log from week 9 to week 10 did not change at all, but in week 9 it was a whole different story with three of the results of week 9 ending up different from what I had predicted. I had incorrectly predicted that the Stormers would falter at week 3 on tour against the Reds, that the Highlanders would take only a losing bonus point from the Waratahs and that the Sharks would make it three from three at home against the Chiefs. The Highlanders game was a pretty close call and the Sharks disappointed themselves, but I should have known the Stormers would be too strong for a wounded Reds team.
These results had effects on 5 teams in my week 10 prediction log.
The Chiefs moved up 2 spots and took the Sharks’ spot at 4, with the Sharks moving down 2 into 6th. The Brumbies jumped the log by four and moved into 3rd, by taking over the Reds as the Austrialian conference leaders. This pushed the Reds right out of the top 6 into 8th and the Highlanders moved 1 spot closer to the playoffs into 7th.
Here’s my predicted log after 10 weeks (Log Predictions 10):