Boks move up rank­ings

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN — Fol­low­ing their 32-26 win over Ire­land in Jo­han­nes­burg, the Spring­boks have moved past Aus­tralia to third spot in the of­fi­cial World Rugby rank­ings.

South Africa’s come-from-be­hind win not only keeps the three-match series against Ire­land alive but also im­proves their rat­ing points by 0.37.

Eng­land’s series-clinch­ing 23-7 win over Aus­tralia in Mel­bourne has seen them move up to se­cond spot, with the Wal­la­bies mov­ing down two spots to No 4.

The Spring­boks are now on 86.03 points in third - nearly two adrift of Eng­land and 10 be­hind world cham­pi­ons New Zealand, but six tenths ahead of Aus­tralia.

Ar­gentina’s 30-19 win over France in Tu­cuman means that Los Pu­mas stay fifth ahead of Wales, who went down in a brave 36-22 de­feat to the All Blacks, while Ire­land re­main un­moved in sev­enth.

France, how­ever, have lost eighth spot to Scot­land, who came from be­hind to earn a hard-fought 26-13 win in their first ever Test match in Ja­pan. Les Bleus are now ninth, their low­est po­si­tion since the World Rugby Rank­ings be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2003.

Fiji’s 26-16 win over Samoa saw them re­tain the World Rugby Pa­cific Na­tions Cup and en­sured they re­main as one of the world’s top 10 ranked teams. With re­sults from the com­pe­ti­tion over this year and next count­ing to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Rugby World Cup 2019, Fiji are now in­sur­mount­able favourites to take ei­ther of the two Ocea­nia spots.

World Rugby rank­ings (Top 10): New Zealand (96.10 points), Eng­land (88.50), South Africa (86.03), Aus­tralia (85.43), Ar­gentina (82.87), Wales (82.49), Ire­land (81.96), Scot­land (79.50), France (78.09), Fiji (77.14). — Sport24

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