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Boks rise in IRB rankings

2010-11-16 11:50

Cape Town - South Africa, England and Argentina all rose one place in the latest IRB world rankings after victories in their respective November internationals on Saturday.

The Springboks reclaim the second place they lost to Australia during the Tri-Nations after edging another tight affair, this time against Wales 29-25 at the Millennium Stadium. The Wallabies slide one place to third following a 35-18 loss to England, who themselves rise to fourth at France’s expense.

France did taste victory over Fiji, but the 34-12 win against a side ranked six places below them did not have any impact on Les Bleus’ rating, meaning they surrender the tag as the leading northern hemisphere nation in the IRB world rankings to England.

Argentina are the only other movers in the top 10, captain Felipe Contepomi kicking 17 points to help the Pumas to a 22-16 win over Italy in Verona. The victory takes Argentina above Scotland into seventh, despite the Scots not losing any points with an emphatic 49-3 loss to New Zealand.

The All Blacks preserved their unbeaten record against Scotland, recording their biggest victory at Murrayfield in the process, and Australia’s loss means their cushion at the top has grown by more than a point to 6.34 over the new second ranked side South Africa.

Wales remain ninth with the defeat by South Africa, losing half a rating point but still remaining more than three points above Fiji, the side they face at the Millennium Stadium on Friday. Twelfth ranked Italy lost a similar amount and now sit less than a rating point above Japan.

Latest top 20 rankings:

1. New Zealand 93.04
2. South Africa 86.70
3. Australia 85.90
4. England 83.61
5. France 82.75
6. Ireland 81.05
7. Argentina 80.33
8. Scotland 79.81
9. Wales 77.67
10. Fiji 74.39
11. Samoa 74.02
12. Italy 72.35
13. Japan 71.45
14. Canada 69.62
15. USA 68.50
16. Tonga 67.35
17. Georgia 66.38
18. Russia 65.56
19. Romania 65.03
20. Namibia 62.69

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Comments
  • Kdub - 2010-11-16 12:06

    I think that these rankings would only be justified if SA manages to beat England in two weeks time. If not, then we are certainly not better than Australia.

      mike - 2010-11-16 12:26

      I disagree, I think we are better then Oz atm. Our forwards are far ahead of them. Just our backs need some work, After watching the England game I think England are a far bigger threat come world cup then we give them credit for. I believe England proved that the half back pairing of Oz are very bad under pressure. Of course this is all only as long as Div keeps the balance we currently have in our forward back.. Droppping a fetcher for Schalk and also removing Bizz for John will mess up our balance again.

      Hannes Perth - 2010-11-17 02:48

      There was only one team that lifted their game to the level of the All Blacks and it was not England nor the Boks. The Wallabies had a bad game against England but the Boks wins against Ireland and Wales were not convinving. I expect that the Wallabies will take their rightful place second on the log back before the end of the November tests.

  • Shayne - 2010-11-16 12:24

    I agree. England is going to be the true test. Even if we loose to the Barbarians after that I wouldn't be too worried. (Ok it depends how we lose) We can then come home with a good tour result under our belt. And all the players will feel much better about themselves and they can relax a little with a slightly more positive SA Rugby public heading for RWC 2011. Cmon guys.. Get it right!

  • powachair - 2010-11-16 12:29

    If we beat Scotland and England, we will be worthy holders of 2nd spot but closer to the ABs points wise I hope a bit too far ahead for my liking

  • WernerBeytel - 2010-11-16 13:57

    I agree, England will be the acid test for the Boks on this tour. We shouldn't let this bump in our IRB ranking lull us into a false sense of security. We have a massive problem with our back-line defence, especially out wide. We have been very lucky that this hasn't been fully exploited by our NH opposition thus far. England is definitely tactically astute enough to recognise this lingering weakness and mark my words, they are going to exploit it fully on the 27th. Remember, the All Blacks tore us a new @sshole twice this year and they struggled against England two weeks ago. Do you really think this Springbok team with the defensive liability of Bryan "I am the team" Habana on wing has it in them to beat them? I think not!

  • WernerBeytel - 2010-11-16 14:05

    I agree, England will be the acid test for the Boks on this tour. We shouldn't let this bump in our IRB ranking lull us into a false sense of security. We have a massive problem with our back-line defence, especially out wide. We have been very lucky that this hasn't been fully exploited by our NH opposition thus far. England is definitely tactically astute enough to recognise this lingering weakness and mark my words, they are going to exploit it fully on the 27th. Remember, the All Blacks tore us a new @sshole twice this year and they struggled against England two weeks ago. Do you really think this Springbok team with the defensive liability of Bryan "I am the team" Habana on wing has it in them to beat them? I think not!

      WernerBeytel - 2010-11-16 14:16

      Whoa! Déjà vu. Sorry people, I don't know what happened there.

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-11-16 16:06

    That gap of over 6 points is unacceptable. I perfectly happy with the Boks and the ABs are joint 1/2 for the rest of eternity which would be the case if our racist government would butt out and let the rugby people organise rugby.

  • Pop Idol - 2010-11-16 16:47

    PDv is a world class coach.Thank Heavans they didnt dismiss him after the tri nations,because the All Blacks or the Wallabies would have quickly scooped him up.

      Unicorn - 2010-11-16 17:59

      Hahahaa...top form again Pop!

      Loren - 2010-11-16 18:25

      ha ha ha ha

      Jaco - 2010-11-17 08:27

      What??? My word you need to start watching rugby.

  • Jaco - 2010-11-17 08:26

    The rankings are not just, we lost the tri nations badly, the aussies beat new zealand just a couple of weeks ago, but we are no.2 after beating the welsh and the Irish??? Dont understand.

      rudicsr - 2010-11-18 07:57

      Do you understand why Tiger Woods only lost his first place ranking recently? He stayed there for yonks without winning a trophy. Go google how rankins work my friend.We deserve to be there.Fifteen injured players and we still bring the pain.

  • skywalker - 2010-11-18 11:24

    Yep....the test at Twickenham will seperate the men from the pretenders....sad really,'cause if we had a proper professional coaching staff we would probably be unbeatable...as it is I think we will struggle at Murrayfield.

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