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Bok ranking in jeopardy

2010-08-24 10:24

Dublin - New Zealand's lead at the top of the IRB world rankings has stretched to more than eight points after their dramatic victory over South Africa in the Tri-Nations on Saturday.

According to the IRB website, the All Blacks are inching closer to their biggest-ever advantage at the top of the rankings, 9.51 on June 25, 2007 after they had defeated the Springboks 26-21 in Durban.

South Africa remain in second place, but now lie just over one rating point above Australia, who they face on Saturday in Pretoria. Should Australia win, they will go above South Africa into second in the rankings.

Dan Carter scored 14 points against South Africa, to become the leading all-time points scorer for a national side with 1 118, ahead of Jonny Wilkinson. Wilkinson remains number one in all international Test matches, having scored 67 points for the British & Irish Lions.

Carter also passed Andrew Mehrtens to become the leading points scorer for New Zealand against South Africa, whilst New Zealand passed the 1 500 point mark against South Africa in all Tests. 

Latest Top 10 IRB rankings:

1. New Zealand 94.29
2. South Africa 86.15
3. Australia 85.11
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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  • Damn - 2010-08-24 10:40

    That just makes for depressing reading....such a sad state our rugby is in at present. Just sucks, so glad we have the CC to take our frustrations out on. I think the CC viewership has increased significantly since last year, everyone and his granny has become an amateur talent scout - probably not a bad thing.

  • Piet Pompers - 2010-08-24 10:59

    Wow NZ must be in a league of their own. Why such a big gap in points between no1 and the rest of the nations?????

  • GVA - 2010-08-24 11:04

    Ok so we lost to the AB that I can still handle. BUT if we loose to Australia, at home no way I won't be able to handle that!!

  • will294 - 2010-08-24 11:09

    PdeV has to go - we can't afford to sacrifice SA rugby on the altar of affirmative action. It can only be the coaching seeing as we are using the players from the same pool of players who assisted us so ably in the Super 14. If PdeV stays there how much further will we slide down the log. Personally I don't even bother watching Springbok rugby anymore - rather watch Currie Cup and Super 14 - at least the coache there seem to know what they are doing !

  • James I - 2010-08-24 11:15

    Interesting rankings. Reckon England might be a good bet as an outsider. NZ are clearly favourites but they may peak too soon. South Africa seem to have lost direction and need to bring in some new blood if they are to make a serious come-back. Whilst the Bok players seem to like Div, he's not up to the job. Come back Mallett all is forgiven?

  • Reino - 2010-08-24 11:32

    Can somebody please explain the rating system to me, surely if you win the world cup you should get a big chunk of points, and have a good margin above the rest of the nations? How is it always possible that we just, just stay above New Zealand, and we won the tri nations last year, we've had a bad couple of test which include last years end tour, but we beat the lions tour and tri nations, just don't understand the we can be falling behind so quickly.

  • skywalker - 2010-08-24 11:33

    I don't see the Boks winning at Loftus or Bloem while such poor selections continue being made....bye-bye Freedom cup,hello 3rd place...with France to follow soon after....how low will we have to fall before the proper selections are made....will we even get thru the 1st round of the WC..? The circus has come to town,once a proud rugby nation we are now the laughing stock of the rugby world...can't say I didn't told ya so..!!

  • robert barrie - 2010-08-24 11:44

    The state was reflected by the facial expression of the Boks after the game. Clearly no confidence and dont know what to do or how to do it. There is just no plan - dont even speak about a game plan. If we lose the next one we are in for a rough time because they wont get rid of de Villiers and company. Arrogance has also taken of the game of rugby in SA like cricket and soccer whihc are going the same way as all the other sports - down!! The guys running the show feather their own nest without concern for the longlevity of the game. Pride to be number one is sacrified for the promise that we will won the world cup in 2011 whilst we lose on the way there. SA rugby has lost the appetite and ability to be competitors always

  • GG - 2010-08-24 11:51

    I think Bafana is doing better nowadays...rugby is just very disappointing

  • @WILL294 - 2010-08-24 11:55

    Why MUST PdV go!!! Why NOT your stupid brothers that does'nt know rugby is a 80 minute game. What do you do when the coach teaches you what to do and the players does'nt execute instructions accordingly or has the ability to do it. The ALL BLACKS are BY FAR better players than the boks. Start following and become a ALL BLACK fan and see for yourself.

  • @WILL294 - 2010-08-24 11:56

    Why MUST PdV go!!! Why NOT your stupid brothers that does'nt know rugby is a 80 minute game. What do you do when the coach teaches you what to do and the players does'nt execute instructions accordingly or has the ability to do it. The ALL BLACKS are BY FAR better players than the boks. Start following and become a ALL BLACK fan and see for yourself.

  • DeonL - 2010-08-24 13:07

    We give the "snorman" 2 more chances, if he loose either of them, he should go, as well as a few overrated players like: January, Habanna, Smith and Matfield. Bring in another scrumhalve, another wing and Bakkies- when he is eligable agin

  • GBES - 2010-08-24 13:16

    Congrats to the NZ rugby people. I enjoyed the game and admits the AB`s are a good side,even though we almost beat them.PDiv must just get his selections right.I am S.African and do not support FOREIGN teams like Australia,Ghana,England or New Zealand.These NZ FOREIGNERS laugh at silla SAFFAS who support them.You should not betray your country of birth,because no one respects you then.Don`t be a "good times" supporter.

  • AB - 2010-08-24 13:23

    Firstly our players are tired and for them to make astatement like # we will lose this year but will win in the worl cup# tells me that they do not have faith and confidence in their game and themselves. It is time to bring young eager players in, then it is ok to loose this year as the young guys are getting the feel of the game and will know what to expect next year. Also our coach PDV, has been riding on our previous coach's neck ever since he left. He has no clue what is going on with rugby, and now it is backfiring in his face. Sorry for you, I hope you feel the disappointment in SA fans and if he walk around thinking all is ok, he is very much mistaken and is thick skinned. I wonder what he gets paid?

  • DD - 2010-08-24 13:35

    South Africa Rugby has the worst supporters in the world. You cant always be at the top of the log. No one can. How many times did NZ lose? Many a time and yet they still stand by their team, their Captain and their Coach unlike the lame SA Rugby supporters. I must say I think most of you are Blue Bull supporters. According to them The Springbok team are only there for the Blue bulls the rest doesnt matter. You are a shame to your own country SA Rugby supporters, a bunch of knobs.

  • Speedy - 2010-08-24 13:53

    Why is everyone so cut up about the world rankings, they are meaningless to any enthusiast! Do I care if the Boks give the AB's a hiding whether or not they're ranked 1 or 90th? Definitely not, just makes any victory sweeter! Forget the rankings and be a Bok follower, not a supporter. Supporters winge when their team looses (see the BB supporters lately), whereas a follower will follow his team through thick and thin, wins and losses. We're all big boys and should at least be able to take the punch. Up the Boks!

  • Speedy - 2010-08-24 14:01

    Why is everyone so cut up about the world rankings, they are meaningless to any enthusiast! Do I care if the Boks give the AB's a hiding whether or not they're ranked 1 or 90th? Definitely not, just makes any victory sweeter! Forget the rankings and be a Bok follower, not a supporter. Supporters winge when their team looses (see the BB supporters lately), whereas a follower will follow his team through thick and thin, wins and losses. We're all big boys and should at least be able to take the punch. Up the Boks!

  • stormersfan - 2010-08-24 15:03

    Dont expect the Springboks to ever be number one again if we have pathetic coaches like P div. he just cannot get it right. the games that was won early in his reighn was due to the good training the boks received from Jake White. Fire the coach and get in a proper coach.

  • Gimmie - 2010-08-24 16:45

    Going to sell my SAB shares - do not have any reason to support them.

  • Siwi - 2010-08-24 19:36

    @Reino http://www.irb.com/rankings/explain/index.html/#eg will explain it. Looks complex but what it does is punish losses and the All Blacks only lost 16% of the time over the last 5 years. More points are given for world cup because of the quality of the teams played, so that punishes the Tri Nations teams because we always play the best team every year. By the way winning the World Cup doesn't make you the best team. it just says you won the tournament. The best team is the one that wins on the day against a particular opponent. I reckon every Bokke, All Black and Wallaby play every game as if it was their World Cup. If they didn't they should not be there. All you Bok fans relentlessly going on about the world cup is a bore. AB are better than SA at the moment as SA were better than the AB's last year. Live with it.

  • jimmy - 2010-08-25 09:47

    we should not be so negative, yes it is every suporters dream that his/her team win but the fact is the AB's is a very good side at the moment, there is passion in the team and the coach, yes he knows what he wants. I think one problem at the moment is a few guys with so called a lot of experience in the team lack the ability to play 80 minutes and are over the hill. Does not help if you have the experience but lack the pace and heart, for ex. if you take the 100m sprint, Asafa Powell has all the experience and won most of his sprints but a new young man like Bolt came on the seen, not much experience and now he is winning all the races, you cannot always pick experience, one should look at who is the best at the moment

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