Rugby Championship

Humiliated Boks drop in rankings

2016-10-10 16:04
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Cape Town - Following their record defeat to the All Blacks in Durban, the Springboks have dropped to fourth in the official World Rugby rankings.

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The All Blacks thumped the Boks 57-15 which saw them equal the world record for consecutive Test wins by a tier one nation.

The Kiwis also increased their lead atop the rankings.

According to the official World Rugby website, the All Blacks gained 0.27 of a rating point to move on to 96.57 points, increasing the gap between themselves and second-placed England to 7.08 points.

Saturday’s victory was the All Blacks’ biggest over old foes South Africa and stretched their winning run to 17 Tests, a record they already share with the Springboks.

It is the third time the All Blacks have won 17 successive tests. They can break their record in the next match, the Bledisloe Cup against Australia in Auckland on October 22.

South Africa’s defeat combined with Australia’s 33-21 win over Argentina at Twickenham means the Wallabies leapfrog the Springboks into third place in the rankings. They are now on 85.33 points - still more than four adrift of England - with South Africa on 84.85.

A crowd of 48 000 turned up to see the first-ever Rugby Championship game to be played at Twickenham, and it was Australia, once they had sorted out their disciplinary issues, that dealt with the occasion better.

Australia led 18-15 after 45 minutes despite losing two men to first half yellow cards, but Samu Kerevi’s second try of the match and one from Dean Mumm saw the Wallabies clinch a comfortable victory that ensured them of second place in the Rugby Championship table with Argentina propping up the bottom.

Los Pumas fall to ninth in the rankings, with France and Scotland moving up one place to seventh and eighth respectively.

Top 15 in the latest World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand 96.57
2. England 89.49
3. Australia 85.33
4. South Africa 84.85
5. Wales 82.49
6. Ireland 81.67
7. France 80.75
8. Scotland 80.44
9. Argentina 80.31
10. Fiji 75.49
11. Georgia 75.23
12. Japan 74.95
13. Italy 72.23
14. Samoa 71.37
15. Tonga 69.47
 

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