Crusaders colours spruce up house
Red and black - not everyone's first colour choice to paint the exterior of their house.
Timaru's Garry and Karyn Ballantyne, however, were left pondering which Super Rugby franchise colours they would pick after winning a nationwide contest on Radio Sport.
Karen is a huge Crusaders fan but like many local households loyalties are divided and her husband wanted to go the way of the Highlanders.
His logic was that it may be more aesthetically pleasing in blue and gold, than red and black.
Staunch supporters of their teams they couldn't persuade each other to change sides so came up with a simple formula - whoever finished higher on the table in 2013 would win.
The battle for Super Rugby supremacy at the Ballantyne house went the way of the Crusaders, Garry said when he made the bet confidently early in the season when the Highlanders were looking good. "I had every faith but unfortunately not."
That means the front facade of the house and the fence at their Nile St property are now red and back.
Garry said there was no provision on how long it had to stay that way so he thought Easter (this weekend) could be a good chance to change back.
Karen, however, had other ideas and thought it was more likely to be in the summer.
The prize pack included enough paint to redecorate the exterior of the house plus $5000 cash.
The neighbours didn't seem too fazed by the vivid colour scheme.
Carol Morrison said she was a Crusaders fan and the colours had come up better than expected on a house.
There were also plenty of friends and family willing to lend a hand on the paint brush and advice.
The Ballantynes have always been keen rugby fans, even when they lived in Wellington and had season tickets to the Hurricanes their hearts were in Crusader and Highlanders territory.
As for what the husband and wife are betting on for this year's Super Rugby outcome, they weren't saying, but Garry was confident the Highlanders would finally top the Crusaders.
The Timaru Herald