WORLD RANKINGS: Boks sliding again
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: South Africa's latest stalemate with Australia handed Ireland third place in the World Rugby Rankings and New Zealand the Rugby Championship title.
While there continues to be nothing between South Africa and Australia on the pitch, following a second consecutive draw in The Rugby Championship, the gap between the two in the World Rugby Rankings has closed to just 0.69 of a point.
Saturday’s 27-27 stalemate in Bloemfontein, three weeks after the sides had shared the spoils 23-23 in Perth, has resulted in the Springboks losing a fraction under half a rating point to drop to 85.35 points, putting them below Ireland, who take their place in third, by four-hundredths.
Australia stay fifth but with an improved rating of 84.66 points.
South Africa’s failure to beat Australia banished any hope they had of overhauling the All Blacks at the top of the Rugby Championship table.
Keen to celebrate their fifth title in six years in style, Steve Hansen's men raced into a 29-3 half-time lead against Argentina in Buenos Aires and cement top spot in the World Rankings.