Pu­mas climb in rank­ings, Boks stay third

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CAPE TOWN — Argentina have climbed two places in the World Rugby rank­ings af­ter beat­ing South Africa in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

San­ti­ago Gon­za­lez Igle­sias’s penalty two min­utes from time se­cured Argentina a 26-24 vic­tory over South Africa in Salta and a two-place climb to sev­enth in the lat­est World Rugby rank­ings.

Argentina looked in dan­ger of let­ting a 10-point lead slip for a sec­ond week­end run­ning against the Spring­boks, but re­grouped to claim a third win in Rugby Cham­pi­onship his­tory to the de­light of the Es­ta­dio Padre Ernesto Martearena crowd.

Los Pu­mas climb above France and Scot­land in the rank­ings and closed to within three tenths of Ire­land in sixth, hav­ing not se­cured the win­ning mar­gin of more than 15 points that would have lifted them an­other place.

The Spring­boks re­main third de­spite their de­feat, al­though they are now more than four rat­ing points adrift of England and less than a point above Aus­tralia, whose rat­ing is un­changed de­spite a 29-9 loss to New Zealand.

World cham­pi­ons New Zealand pro­duced an­other dom­i­nant dis­play to beat Aus­tralia for the sec­ond week­end run­ning, the Wal­la­bies now hav­ing lost six matches in a row, three against the All Blacks and three in the June se­ries with England.

Sofi­ane Bo­ufal has agreed to join Southamp­ton from Lille for a club record fee of £16 mil­lion

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