Boks slip in world rankings

2010-07-13 08:44

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


  • stanton - 2010-07-13 08:59

    Its fine to slip a little. Its good to taste some defeat before you taste victory again. Sa rugby has plenty depth and our coach Baas Pieter is the Best. Stop stressing and relax we will pick up the TRI nations trophy again.

  • Marcus Daily - 2010-07-13 08:59

    When there are only 10 out of 160 odd countries in the world that are competitive enough to play Rugby it just makes it a bit easier to be #1. The All Blacks and the Springboks have been rotating that position since 2006. The others could care less as they'll always be in the Top 10. Time for Rugby to grow! IRB learn from FIFA!

  • Renegade - 2010-07-13 09:07

    Seker n 10 jaar oue foto van John Smit. Geen wonder Die rankings is waar dit is nie

  • ALL BLACKS NO:1 - 2010-07-13 09:24

    To be the BEST you have to beat the BEST and the All Blacks gave the boks a good lesson in rugby101.LOLOLOL

  • marco - 2010-07-13 09:25

    That's K@K fullstop.Had New Zealand beaten us on South African soil than yeah I'd agree with the 3.66 points difference at the end of it all and it would be fully justifiable.But yet again the All Black have it all made for them by the IRB's idiotic bosses don't they.Their so-called self-styled greatest rugby side on earth championed by Adidas as the template which they THE ALL BLACKS believe is their birthright for teamwork just "never ceases to amaze me"(from New Zealand art rock group Split Enz's album Time and Tide).This news which will no doubt resonate throughout there tiny island building up into their worldcup of 2011 will be the All Blacks' achilles heel mark my words.All you listen up the IRB have spoken!!!!!!!!!

  • facts - 2010-07-13 09:29

    PdV = quota coach.. John Smit = hasbeen... Francois Louw = paloeka... "intercept" Juan de Villiers = failure wing... Januarie = to fat/slow.... Zane Kirchner = quota player

  • STORMER - 2010-07-13 09:31

    All is going to plan with regard to the WC next year. NZ are always the No 1 team in the world going into the WC - yet fail to this bodes well. Let 'em stay No 1. The AB's are the best team in the world between World Cups....

  • Gaz - 2010-07-13 09:44

    Not worried in the slightest...Sure we didn't turn up on Sat, I'm not the type of fan that starts panicking cause we lose one game, even though we played a shocker, and boy it was a shocker...but... It's cool, let the Kiwi's gloat, let them walk around like Gods this week...they gonna choke, just as they always do. Next year will be the same old story...reach the semi and choke....they don't know how to finish when it counts. WE DO! BOK FAN FOREVER NO MATTER WHAT!!!

  • Max the Mixer - 2010-07-13 09:45

    Where the hell is Fiji ????? Does this "country" exist ? Can't see it on my map even with the aid of a magnifying glassAand yet this is a rugby superpower ????? gimme the beautiful game anytime.

  • @Marco - 2010-07-13 09:50

    lots of anger dude!'s just sport WTF! Were you so passionate about the soccer ?...give credit where credit is due. The SA media and supporters did hype up the match after SA beat all the inferior teams prior to the start of the Tri-Nations...was that justifiable?

  • Alex - 2010-07-13 09:54

    So Snor says "it's not a trainsmash" the Boks lost? It's telling us he's too cavalier after a 20 point gap defeat. It's time to consider a new coach and get ready for 2011 WRC.

  • Bob - 2010-07-13 10:09

    I want to come up for the Boks and for Bakkies. This was orchestrated by the all black coaching staff. Everybody knows how strong and impulsive Bakkies is. The order was to go and upset him and get him to make a mistake – everyone is watching Bakkies for the slightest mishap. So there: Bakkies is neutralised again for another 9 weeks! Congratulations all blacks! At the same time, no foul is cried on the side of the ab’s…. even though they are permanently off side – but hey, it’s a gamble with great odds: the one out of nine times they are caught out, might result in 3 points against them…the rest of the time, they get away with it and score tries! I used to respect the ab’s. Now I have come to realise that without these unorthodox tactics, they will amount to nothing. I believe they are the type who will screw their own mothers for some extra gain to be the best…?

  • Speccie - 2010-07-13 10:12

    This is classic AB's always no 1 but without winning the workcup. History will be repeating itself yet again. The no1 team the AB's not winning the Web Ellis not even at home !!

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-13 10:25

    @marco, the Boks were only no#1 last year for only about 4 mths since the rankings ever began and then since our end of year tour we reclaimed our rightful position. The Boks had a great year last year but consistency counts, face it Boet- NZ are the Brizilians of rugby. Dry your eyes mate the rankings don't lie. As for your previous posts saying NZ's are arrogant well because SA happen to have ONE particular good year doesn't mean your've always been great, cheer up- NZ are only going to get better

  • All Black's Biggest Fan - 2010-07-13 10:36

    NZ has plenty depth this year. No injuries like in 2009. I see difficult matches for the Bokke. Bakkies 'vuilspeel' Botha and the Blue Bulls mindset...shame. Here we go back to 2002...power is restored. NZ no.1 still...

  • Blondbybox - 2010-07-13 10:40

    It's okay that NZ is first especially with the World Cup on the horizon. Every time the World Cup comes around they are the favourites (and thus IRB #1 ranked team) and then chokes. So I say, keep them number 1 and they'll choke again. Let's see whether they can make the semi's 2011

  • scrum cap - 2010-07-13 10:40

    What do rankings really matter? Just check out the Bok's trophy cabinet compared to the ABs. 'Nuff said!!

  • GO ALL BLACKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! - 2010-07-13 10:56

    The greatest rugby side on earth. full stop!

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-13 11:14

    @Bob, yeah- that's why there's so many SA refugees and asylum seekers living in NZ/OZ lol

  • venna - 2010-07-13 11:28

    i dont believe that bakkies got 9 weeks. jimmy cowan walks off scot free what a load of all black bulshit. i think the tribunal must be a bunch of people not of the 2 playing nations. all blacks are pussies and pay refs. who was that idiot ref anyway from which rock did he krept out under from. dont know him but all i know hes an asshole. i do believe he misred the rulebook wrt offside at breakdowns and staged play. for the all blacks well done but remember it just began now next time ur gonna have the danie rossouw factor he dont play dirty but hes faster and tackle harder

  • Bob - 2010-07-13 11:54

    @Man in Black: Hey Mate - come and count our world cup year we'll all chuckle at the world cup chokers! You know, in a world cup the mother suckers seem to not get away with their dirty tactics...lofl

  • wayne - 2010-07-13 12:08

    de villiers and smit must go! Its time we started picking the best, no matter what the colour

  • @Man in BLACK - 2010-07-13 12:13

    Yeah, and i suppose you are one of those sissie refugees/assylum seekers that ran away. Now you're shouting the odds - Plonker!!!!!

  • west coaster NZ - 2010-07-13 12:27

    Dont forget SA we been kicking your arse since the Boer War

  • @venna - 2010-07-13 12:42

    Bakkies deserve to be banned for @ least 1year. he is a disgrace for SA rugby and should not be picked again...........

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-13 12:44

    SA & Australia are pretty even because they both have 2 world cups according to our ignorant arrogant Saffas whereas NZ have the greatest record of ALL time against ALL countries, perhaps the saffas should use those black arm bands they wore to dry their cheating little eyes out, "the whole worlds against us because we were caught cheating, I want my mummy" lol lol I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT

  • theodore burns - 2010-07-13 13:01

    um the boks currently hold the 3N trophy and RWC trophy, who is number 1? (maybe not for long but we do) and if we retain them, we will be number 1, The ABs are #1 all the time, except for when it comes to 3 weeks every 4 years. Maybe home advantage may help them get their 2nd RWC trophy, but watch them choke again!

  • @Man In Black - 2010-07-13 13:01

    You know what happened to the best part of an ab? It ran down his mother's leg!

  • danny - 2010-07-13 13:05

    I hear that Bakkies is being moved to JHB zoo. Is this just a rumour? Seriously though I will only go there if he is properly caged. Does anyone know whether his IQ exceeds 80 and aside of his on-field indiscretions, has he got a reputation of being a thug off the field? I had a dog like this once - really dangerous but now that he is older he seems to have mellowed. Also very thick!

  • Marc - 2010-07-13 13:08

    Being the best team in the world it must be frustrating for the ABs to keep failing on rugby's biggest stage - the World Cup. But I suppose you can call yourselves the best team ever and still carry the choker's tag. So when the ABs choke at the next World Cup they can consol themselves with their impressive record - while the winners will have the silverware to keep them warm at night. I hear "Aotearoa" means "Land of the Choker" in Maori ;p

  • @ MIB - 2010-07-13 13:31

    Please remember that the AB winning record against SA is based on a decade of cheating refs. We have suffered but this problem is being sorted (finally SARU have a coach they want to back and will stand up for him when his team is cheated) and you are in for more heartache as we pommel your sorry selves into the ground. Prepared to be ground down in your home park!

  • Raymond - 2010-07-13 13:36

    Its not FIFA it is more like FAFI

  • Chris - 2010-07-13 13:37

    2007, 2009 and 2010 Super 14; 2004 and 2009 Tri-Nations; 2009 British Lions; and 1995 and 2007 RWC champions. Yeah, we are definitely not number 1.

  • greg - 2010-07-13 13:53

    Just not enough competition in rugby, I'm sorry. I'd get bored of playing the same team over and over again, year in year out.

  • 40 years - 2010-07-13 14:12

    PDV has just confirmed that John Smit will captain the Boks for the next 40 years, come hell or high water........ .....thank you PDV...

  • JAY Z - 2010-07-13 14:54

    All blacks are setting themselves up for massive heart ache, I look fwd to watching Mcaw cry again at a press confrence after the ab's have been kicked out of the world cup. Its going to be a great day!!!

  • Bokkie - 2010-07-13 15:28

    @All Blacks Fans - congratulations on being World No. 1. Shame - at least you have ONE title to claim some fame to. Let's face it - the ALL blacks have/will never know what it's like to have ALL the titles ALL at the same time. World Cup Champions, Tri-Nations Champions, World No. 1, even an SA team being the Super 14 Champions. So enjoy this ONE title for a bit - shame. Only problem is, it won't last long :-)

  • Bokfan4eva - 2010-07-13 15:37

    I agree with "stanton 8:59am). Losing once every ten or so games is a good thing. Rather now than at the end of the tri nations. A wounded Bok is a fast, angry and alert Bok. They hang their heads in shame and are now hungrier than ever.....Wait for this weekend !! Go Bokke !

  • Mark - 2010-07-13 15:56

    Facts are correct!!!! Matfield for Captain, John Smit for Manager, Gary Botha at hooker, Dewald Potgieter at no 7, Pierre Spies at 14 , Danie Rossouw at 4, Duane Vermeulen at 8 and Joe Pieterson at 15

  • Jay Z - 2010-07-13 16:27

    Well said Marc

  • Sharkman - 2010-07-13 16:27

    There is nothing wrong with the AB's peaking a year early - happens every four years. I'd also rather the Boks lose like they did last week (by getting a hiding) rather than by one or two points. At least that way they get a proper reality check and don't develop a false sense of security. Sean Fitzpatrick even wanted the Boks to win cos of the RWC backlash a loss would cause! I hope he's right. Go Bokke!

  • Kiwi - 2010-07-13 16:52

    @Man In Black its KAK to be ranked number one and not have a real trophy in your cabbinet. Ask the SA cricket side they will tell you. You can say what you like but check the cabinet, world cup, tri nations, super 14, British lions its in our cabinet, yours, dusty Breders sheep cup between two sheep shagging countries. The only time the AB's will get the world cup is to clean it.

  • David Stopforth - 2010-07-13 17:12

    Pieter must choose the right team do his job as couch and stop playing MR wise guy in the Media

  • Bez - 2010-07-13 21:18

    The AB's were very good on Saturday and the Boks allowed them to play even better by not turning up. A good thing, I say. A timely wake-up call to get the boys back to earth. We'll be back, don't you worry - the team is just too good not to get back on the horse. And if all else fails, we can always play in a blue-and-red jersey with a cockerell on the chest when we hit the AB' s in the World Cup - they have this habit of choking aganst the frogs in a world cup. Plan "B", Div, what do you say?

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-13 23:58

    Here's a suggestion Bok fans, look up stats regarding AB v SA, I thought the Boks were bad but after looking at our history the Boks are quite pathetic in comparison especially considering SA in the past wouldn't let AB's of colour play (Dirty, arrogant, ignorant cheats) and we still come up trumps. Yes SA had ONE fantastic year last year but all things being equal the Boks look pretty shockingly bad. SA are the most egotistical, arrogant, ignorant, over inflated wannabees in Rugby. The stats speak for themselves, I dare you to look up the stats, you poor little deluded Bok fans, cant wait till the WC because then we'll start playing our A team ie Rene Ranger, Hosea Gear, Sonny Bill Williams, Dagg...... the list goes on and on and on lol lol, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-07-14 00:10

    Hahaha, for a country with 40+ million people compared to NZ's 4 million I'd expect SA to be 10 times better at rugby not the other way round, you guys are obviously doing something wrong, must be something in your water lol lol, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT especially knowing that it breaks your little wee hearts knowing that NZ is and always have been the bench mark of international rugby. Dry your eyes

  • Timbo - 2010-07-14 02:24

    This is perfect what PDV is doing. Give the ABs all the confidence they need before the world cup. Everyone knows who the real number 9 is. Everyone knows that Brussow and Smit will be back. Everyone knows Frans Steyn will come back hungrier seeing that he took his place for granted. Everyone know De Villiers is the best inside centre on the planet. You cannot play all you cards before a world cup. The Abs will win the tri nation and then take next year off again to condition the players. This is what they do, they peak way to early, so guys should relax and not worry about thIs year. PDV should experiment as much as he wants. And or I forgot the Beast will be back too.

  • World Champs - 2010-07-14 09:34

    @Man in Black - I see you don't mention who the current world champs are, or the current Tri-Nations champs. The ABs could only win the first world cup...CHOKERS!

  • Visman - 2010-07-14 09:59

    west coaster NZ7/13/2010 12:27 PM Dont forget SA we been kicking your arse since the Boer War ... Fighting woman and children yes ... never forget the numbers, specificaly the 24 000 Boervolk children and around 3000 Boervolk woman ... because we have not forgotten! Enjoy your rugby god ... Ek kan jou taal praat, maar jy ken nie myne nie ...

  • anartjie - 2010-07-14 10:58

    @ Man in black, population of NZ: 4,27m population of SA: 48,69m population of SA with access to rugby equipment, basic coaching, playable fields, time, health/healthcare, oppertunities: much, much less. get some perspective.