World Rankings: Boks slide despite gallant effort

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:08
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NEWS: The Springboks' 24-25 loss to the All Blacks at Newlands has seen them drop down to fifth in the latest World Rugby Rankings.

Australia claimed second place in the Rugby Championship and third place in the World Rugby Rankings, climbing above Ireland and South Africa, after signing off with a 37-20 win over bottom-of-the-table Argentina in Mendoza.

Michael Cheika's side are now on 85.59 points, after a gain of 0.93 of a point, two-tenths more than Ireland and a fraction over half a point more than the Springboks.

New Zealand marginally increased their cushion at the top of the rankings.

The All Blacks came up against a Springboks side unrecognisable from the one that shipped 57 unanswered points in Albany last month, but they held their nerve to win through by 25-24, earning 0.31 of a rating point and boost their overall tally to 95.52, giving them a 5.38-point advantage over England.

Los Pumas stay in 10th place in the rankings but with only a 3.14-point cushion over nearest rivals Japan.

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