Tri-Nations

Boks slip in world rankings

2010-07-13 08:44
John Smit (File)
Garrin Lambley

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

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Heading into the Test at Eden Park, the All Blacks were on 91.68 points while the defending Tri-Nations champion Boks had 89.46.

Victory for the Boks would've seen then assume the No 1 position in the standings, but Peter de Villiers's team fell woefully short of the target as they crashed to a 32-12 defeat.

In the wake of their win, the All Blacks now found themselves on 92.40 points with the Boks 3.66 adrift on 88.74.

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

Meanwhile, Kenya retained their 100% record in the 2010 Victoria Cup with a 21-5 win over Uganda in Nairobi and moved up three places to 35th in the rankings.

IRB Top 10 rankings:

1. New Zealand 92.40
2. South Africa 88.74
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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