All Blacks open rankings gap

2010-07-19 14:54
Richie McCaw (File)
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

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