All Blacks open rankings gap

2010-07-19 14:54

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - The All Blacks have stretched their lead atop the latest IRB world rankings in the wake of their second straight Tri-Nations victory over the Springboks in Wellington last Saturday.

GALLERY: All Blacks v Springboks

Heading into the Test at the Cake Tin in the New Zealand capital, the All Blacks were on 92.40 points while the defending Tri-Nations champion Boks had 88.74.

However, Peter de Villiers's team fell woefully short of the target for the second consecutive weekend as they crashed to a 31-17 defeat.

In the wake of their win, the All Blacks now found themselves on 92.74 points with the Boks 4.33 adrift on 88.41.

Fellow Tri-Nations contenders, the Wallabies, remain third on 84.41.

Meanwhile, Kenya have risen to a new high of 32nd in the rankings following a first ever win in Zimbabwe in their Victoria Cup encounter on Saturday. Kenya won 23-18 at the Harare Sports Clubs in the Zimbabwean capital.

IRB Top 10 rankings:

1. New Zealand 92.74
2. South Africa 88.41
3. Australia 84.41
4. France 82.75
5. Ireland 82.03
6. England 81.82
7. Scotland 79.81
8. Argentina 79.70
9. Wales 78.58
10. Fiji 74.39


  • stanton - 2010-07-19 15:14

    That taste of defeat only make the hunger for winning greater. Early days bokke just relax.

  • Piet Cilliers - 2010-07-19 15:32

    Yes, and look for this to further improve over the next months prior to the RWC in NZ, as the refs (especially from northern hemisphere) try to impress NZ's Paddy O'Brien for officiating at the RWC....

  • Elmo - 2010-07-19 16:01

    We witnessed this in the SWC. Even the champs lose sometimes and although its 2 consecutive loses, there's still a long way to go before the world cup. Come on Bokker, you can do it

  • Arthur - 2010-07-19 16:01

    Yep and come World Cup time when the All Blacks bomb out of the cup. Screams of "We was robbed" will be heard across Mitchells Plein and Grassy Park. And I will be smiling. Karma comes backs to bite you for all the times the All Blacks cheated in the past

  • Zane - 2010-07-19 16:15

    Who cares..... the IRB has proven they will go to any lengths to keep the Boks at no.2, I do feel sorry for the AB as they will never be able to say thruthfully that they are the best in the world... and they know it!!!

  • Greg - 2010-07-19 16:17

    The Boks cannot peak now, they must build up to the RWC. They needed these losses to sort out the weaknesses, losses against the strongest team in the system helps refocus.

  • Chris F - 2010-07-19 16:20

    We beat the All Blacks 3 times last year and yet we barely got ahead of them? Rankings system seriously flawed based upon the past years results.

  • Gaz - 2010-07-19 16:24

    The gap opens nicely when you play against a side like the AB's and a idiot like Rolland who needs to be cited for being a crap Ref. Am seriously pissed off but haven't lost it yet. Boks to bounce back...still a very proud team and fans to play for!!!!

  • HAHA - 2010-07-19 16:37

    enjoy 2nd place while you can bokkies. after the tri nations your gonna be 3rd. HAHA

  • @HAHA - 2010-07-19 17:13

    Means nothing! Just remember where the World Cup has been sleeping since 2007 and will stay for a long time yet !

  • Proud Bok - 2010-07-19 17:22

    Who CARES!!!!!!???? GO BOKKE!!!

  • Graham - 2010-07-19 18:06

    Things are shaping up perfectly for the 2011 RWC. the AB have once again peaked too early and like 2007 France lies in wait at number 4. Should be a clear run in for the Bokke

  • Dale - 2010-07-19 19:14

    The AB`s play the best rugby all round. They do however choke in major cups. It is sad to see some of the guys here disrespecting the AB`s. I am a bok supporter always have been. The boks will bounce back thats for sure. But you can NEVER write an AB team off. Even if the WHOLE team is made up of unknown faces. Only team in the world I know can say that.

  • richie - 2010-07-19 20:13

    The all blacks are playing superb rugby im a huge AB fan and i can tell one thing we r gona take the tri nations di a leke leke all black ding

  • Lloydster(uk) - 2010-07-19 20:39

    This was always going to happen. The Boks luck has run out and now the cracks are showing. Long overdue.We were beaten in all aspects of the game. If Carter got all his kicks over,well well. Div learnt nothing from the last game, despite his promises during the week.Not sure he has a plan against the AB's.Will see what they do against a mediocre Oz side.

  • aLL blacks - 2010-07-19 20:57

    Our year, our time,..... BRAZILLIAN, although the springchumps hate to admit it, we are the BEST

  • Rory - 2010-07-20 00:29

    The Kiwis have the ABs, nervous sheep and NOTHING else. Let them have their moment guys really. Don't let their little island mentalities get to you. They are disliked in Australia as well and know it but have to come here to work - there is NOTHING in NZ! They are building themselves up for a big fall in 2011 (again).

  • all black - 2010-07-20 07:57

    48+MILLION South Africans were jumping for joy when Wayne Barnes robbed the MIGHTY ALL BLACKS of a win against France in 2007.All of a sudden they are screaming ROBBERY against the ALL BLACKS IN A tri-nations MATCH.Who do they blame ......THE REF.WELL GET USED TO IT ALL YOU SUCKERS/WHINERS/NAARG@TTE.The same team(bokke) playing now will play in the world cup...hehehehehehehe

  • NZKiwi - 2010-07-20 08:10

    whats the score gonna be against the wallabies and sprinboks this weekend? i pick 27 - 22 to the wallabies.

  • Paul - 2010-07-20 08:53

    One things for sure, It'll be a Bok and AB final at next years cup. The boks might wanna pack their own food though. If Karma and the disgusting injustice that was the 95 world cup has anything to do with it

  • Quota Proteas - 2010-07-20 09:47

    The All Blacks must just remember that they are not playing against the Springboks.... ..they are playing against the Quota Proteas.. ...Quota Proteas = 2 nd best

  • jafo - 2010-07-20 11:08

    All blacks simply the best as for spring boks kenya will soon be the best in africa so that you stop blaming the ref for BOORING BALDARDASH rugby that makes touch judge asleep.

  • Beetge - 2010-07-20 16:12


  • AB'S - 2010-07-21 04:48

    All blacks are the best in the world plain and simple, S.A were beaten by a superior John Smit admitted that they were outplayed. New Zealand have not cheated ever, name one moment that we have. S.A are considered the dirtiest team in the world so I have no idea what your talking about

  • MR - 2010-07-21 07:17

    It is always disappointing to read so much negative crap and gloating by Kiwis and SAs, I love watching Springboks, ABs and Wallabies play and am glad that winning team keeps changing - hopefully this will be a wakeup call for Springboks who have been coasting and appear to lack a plan b, Sure things will look up when they get Ruan Pienaar back as he mitigates pretty average tactics from Morné Steyn PS for those dreaming of a ABs vs Springboks world cup final, better check the RWC schedule ABs and Springboks are likely to meet in Semi2 unless they come second in their respective pools or get knocked out in quarters. Thankfully for AB's France is in our pool so will be difficult to get knocked out by them again though Springboks have to beat Aussies or Ireland ;-)

  • Tommygun - 2010-07-29 01:27

    HAHA! Don't worry about that gap LOOK at the GAP between the names on the WORLD CUP.

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