Boks slip in world rankings

2011-10-11 08:47

Auckland - New Zealand remained officially the world's best team after the latest edition of the International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings was published on Tuesday ahead of this weekend's Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

But the other three teams in the final four all moved up the standings, with Australia now in second place, on the back of quarter-final wins over higher-ranked opponents last weekend.

The World Cup is now in its penultimate week with France playing Wales in Saturday's first semi-final at Auckland's Eden Park where, 24 hours later, hosts New Zealand face Australia.

France who were the biggest movers, climbing three places to fifth after beating England 19-12 in a thrilling last eight clash at Eden Park.

Victory saw the French regain the three places they lost after their shock loss to Tonga the previous weekend.

Defeat meant England, who dropped to sixth, lost their position as the top-ranked northern hemisphere team.

That status now rests with Wales following a commanding 22-10 win over Ireland in Wellington last Saturday.

Tonga prevented a total northern Six Nations/southern Four Nations monopoly of the top 10 by remaining in ninth place, narrowly ahead of Scotland, with Samoa in 11th spot and Italy occupying 12th position.

Australia swapped places with South Africa to regain second spot after their hard-fought 11-9 win over the defending World Cup champions at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday.

South Africa's narrow loss meant they preserved an all Tri-Nations top three in the standings but they are now just a point above Wales.

New Zealand beat Argentina 33-10 in their quarter-final but that result had no impact on the IRB table as the All Blacks were ranked six places above the Pumas before last Sunday's game.

Australia's victory did reduce slightly New Zealand's standings lead to 3.41 points, with Argentina dropping to eighth following France's win over England.

IRB World Rankings Top 10 on October 10 (position (position last week), team, rating points):

1 (1) New Zealand 90.62

2 (3) Australia 87.21

3 (2) South Africa 84.34

4 (6) Wales 83.21

5 (8) France 82.68

6 (4) England 81.58

7 (5) Ireland 80.65

8 (7) Argentina 80.28

9 (9) Tonga 76.63

10 (10) Scotland 76.20


  • nzbro - 2011-10-11 08:51

    Ok so tell us something we dont already know.

      TF44 - 2011-10-11 08:54

      You're going to lose to the French in the finals - oh you know that already :)

      Joe999 - 2011-10-11 08:58

      They can say they are the best after their Ref blatantly robbed SA.

      ozzymate - 2011-10-11 08:58

      NOPE the french are gonna lose to us.YOU NEED TO KEEP UP MATEY

      TF44 - 2011-10-11 09:04

      Good luck to you ozzymate. Your team better up their game 100% from last week. Bryce will not be reffing the game.

      nzbro - 2011-10-11 09:07

      TF44 I never saw your comments of apology after we sorted the french last time .I know you were hoping for that then.The french are not a problem as much as you were and still are hoping.Personally I am hoping for a wales /ab final. I am part welsh so it would be a win win situation for me. @ozzymate I will be looking for you after your loss to us! Do you eat humble pie?

      SAHomeGrown - 2011-10-11 09:09

      Thump them Wobblies, NZ!

      kiwi - 2011-10-11 09:12

      well said nzbro its not exactly a news flash is it?

      TF44 - 2011-10-11 09:14

      nzbro The French only beat the All Blacks in knock-out rugby... everyone knows that. As long as the Ozzies do not win the WC, I'll be happy.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-11 09:40

      ...heard Alister Coetzee will be next Protea coach... .....bye-bye World Cup 2015 for the Proteas as well... ..........Go All Blacks..!! ...........Go All Blacks..!!..

      Harold - 2011-10-11 09:46

      Vive le France!!!

      No8 - 2011-10-11 11:54

      Finals will be Wales vs NZ.

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-11 12:39

      Thank you don't ever come to SA.

      biskit - 2011-10-11 14:01

      Aussies can keep blowing their own trumpet - i'm not falling for it

  • BCC - 2011-10-11 09:06

    What a yawn of a headline. NZ has been the best side in the world for about 100 years.

      nzbro - 2011-10-11 09:08

      BCC My point exactly!

      colin.dovey - 2011-10-11 09:41

      So being the "best side" for 100 years will win them the RWC? - Really? Please show us.

      IC1 - 2011-10-11 10:05

      @nzbro and BCC: Especially in 1995 and 2007 hey, look at the list of "chokes" against the AB's LOL

      mike mason - 2011-10-11 10:07

      I really Hate the aussies and i really do wish the ABs destroy them,but just watch Quade Cooper Bring his A-Game to semis..they goin to target Cruden and hammer him

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 10:31

      Depends how you define "best-side". In terms of most test wins, yes. In terms of most WC's, no! IMO, you've got to take everything into account, and in that case I'd say AB's first, with Boks a close second

      Agent Rascal - 2011-10-11 11:09

      Yet they have never won a world cup with all the major teams playing. SA would have won in 1987.Period.

      DeltaBravo - 2011-10-11 11:18

      Did you know that when a New Zealander emigrates to Australia it increases the IQ of both countries?

      pants - 2011-10-11 11:52

      with how many WC's?

  • RaggedTooth - 2011-10-11 09:14

    We'll probably end up slipping down to 4th or 5th position at the end of the wc. What a difference 3 points make

  • Rubbish - 2011-10-11 09:35

    Who cares about this white squad - they can go to hell

      affro - 2011-10-11 09:48

      such a cute lil troll.

      IC1 - 2011-10-11 10:02

      @Rubbish, you probably a just a little "previously abused boy", who is trying to attract attention to himself, hey Inkenkwe

  • IC1 - 2011-10-11 10:00

    Who gives a shyte about the pathetic IRB, and their rankings, when they wont even sanction their own stupid ref for screwing with the best team in the worlds opportunity to prove they are best.

      nzbro - 2011-10-11 10:22

      IC1 The best team in the world is ranked No1 (AB) not No 2 or even No 3 and in response to your comment about a choke in 1995 (poisoned) and 2007. Then by your reasoning the 2011 choke has been reserved for your boks then aye. Secondly If you dont give a "shyte about the pathetic IRB, and their rankings," that statement in itself then diminishes the very IRB rwc champ status significance you had in claiming to be the best. Ironically then you were therefore not the best hence your timely elimination to make room for the No 1 & No 2 (the best) to carry on to the final. Is that too much for you in one sentence?

  • noxiboxi - 2011-10-11 10:12

    I don't think I have seen sore losers like South Africa... what a pitty. :( I love South Africa, but to see the nation blame the entire loss all on the ref to me is starting to sound like an excuse. If you lose you lose, you can't do anything about it. Cry a bit, then get over it... please. I'm tired of cry babies. There is another world cup to come. I've seen countless teams congradulate their opponents in good sportsmanship, no matter if they think it's unfair or not they still accept their loss and try harder next time. But not South Africa, for South Africa it's everyone elses fault. LOL I'm getting more and more tired of this country.

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 10:34

      It's one thing to lose when you've been outplayed, we can take that on the chin. But to go out the way we did feels like we were robbed. I still think we let ourselves down though. The crying simply shows how much rugby means to our nation, so try and see the positive side of it

      Bill Liebenberg - 2011-10-11 11:14

      Spot on Noxi, we always seem to blame the ref and everyone else and SA always thinks there is some kind of conspiracy against them.... It's the Aliens I tell you, they made us lose, haha what a laugh. You didn't hear Wales complain when they clearly beat us in the opening game, on stats on the field and should have been on the scoreboard but a penalty that we all know was over was not given, did you here them complain and moan and groan? Now they in the Semis and have a great chance of winning, it's called attitude, it's called sportsmanship and that earns respect not blame shifting and moaning... one word, PATHETIC.

      Andy - 2011-10-11 11:18

      Defeated is one thing, Cheated is another ....

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 11:30

      @Bill, I agree that Wales played the better game and we probably didn't deserve to win it, but the difference with the Wales was that there were maybe one or two calls that didn't go there way. That happens in almost every match. In our loss to Aus, there were countless calls - admittedly both ways - that affected the whole shape of the game and it could've been an entirely different result with a different ref! I don't think he cheated or anything, I just think he's incompetent, and we're angry because we feel we've been knocked out the WC unfairly.

      Johan - 2011-10-11 12:52

      @ Andy. So it was the refs fault that they didn't decide to kick for points when they got that early penalty in the first halve? They have only themselves and their arrogance to blame...all this sulking and blaming is becoming old and pathetic....

      zane.blignaut - 2011-10-11 14:02

      England still complains about Maradona's "hand of g-d" goal..... its not sore losers, as in the past when we exited the RWC.. springbok heads rolled in 97 and 03... Now its very distasteful but its over... the IRB have sunk even lower in their inability to be neutral...but who cares... the day will come when NZ or the Auzzies get a bias ref toward us, then we will be calling them crybabies... blah blah children's games

  • eradingoana - 2011-10-11 10:38

    Number 3 is also the best position. We are proud of the boks.

  • popaai - 2011-10-11 11:05

    I heard a lot of remarks "We are proud of the Rugby Team", last night on TV only those types of remarkes were aired, My question is sinple: Who is all included in the "WE" Can someone , who have a opinion, suddenly say "We"? common, I'm not proud of them, they though they only need to go to NZ to pick up the cup. sorry, Springboks, you are a disgrace, your attitude towards the opposition cost you the game. For 4 years you never show any growt,... How many test did we win in the Tri-Nations this year?

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 11:39

      Oh come, you know we weren't aiming to win the Tri-Nations, and yet we still beat a weakened NZ team, and didn't lose too badly to Aus (you can't even count our away games). I'm amazed you can't see that the team had probably one of the best attitudes of any team at the WC!

  • Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-10-11 11:57

    Took me 3 days to swallow this loss. Not because of the actuall loss, but the way we loosed. The Springboks did not loose the game (yes, the scoreboard said it, and istory will show it), but they did no loose the game. We can blam the ref (I also do) as much as we want to, but it will not help. All I can do is support the other great team, the All Blacks, to thump the Ausies in the SF (due to the QF), but then support Wales to thump the All Blacks in the finals. Normally I would support the ABs in the final, but, a) The apartheid dinosaur trolls on this forum has shown me why I should not support the AB's. Almost like the Blue Bulls supporters influenced me in not ever supporting the Blue Bulls (unless they play a non-SA team). b) Bryce Lawrence is an All Black, and as one of the ozzy commenst (think it was ozzy-mate) "suggested" that Karma come back to bite you. THus, following his, argument, Karma has been made so out of balance by Lawrence, it will take losses for both the Ausies and the AB in this years WC and probably then next 2 to correct the balance. I know it is childish, but loosing in the manner the Springboks did, is heart breaking.

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 12:15

      I agree w/ your first paragraph. But I still support the AB's to win cos they're a great rugby team, if not the best. And Bryce Lawrence is not an All Black!

  • call a spade - 2011-10-11 12:08

    This is not relevant to the posting but i am so gatvol for this sheepshaggers by virtue of the main shagger Lawrence. I understand his father was the former head of referees and now handles referee develoment. He should start at his own son. Of course NZ want to win the home WC supported by old Paddy o.Brian, of course Lawrence would have been biased and done what he could to improve the chance and get the strongest threat , the Boks out of contention. This was all a set up and the IRB will do nothing to Lawrence. He was ordered to do what he did. Why did'nt they appointed a neutral ref for this game. The best team lost...what a shame.

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 12:18

      I'm not sure I agree with this. If it was a minnow team against SA, then the conspiracy theory would hold a bit more water, but the Boks are not much more of a threat (if any) to the AB's than the Wallabies are! He wasn't biased, he just missed a lot.

  • Phineas - 2011-10-11 12:48

    I think it is because there are too few players of colour that the Boks could not make it through to the final. Had the team represented the racial composition of SA, then it would have been much stronger. After all, black players are better.

      Bateleur - 2011-10-11 14:11

      What do you base that on?

  • RowRobCk - 2011-10-12 11:27

    When Wales wins the RWC then it will prove a point about the winners of pool D and that fruit salad ref B.L. O(-.-)O see no evil.

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