Boks drop to 6th

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CAPE TOWN - Fol­low­ing their 27-13 de­feat in Cardiff, the Spring­boks have dropped one po­si­tion be­low Wales to sixth in the lat­est of­fi­cial World Rugby rank­ings.

It was only the third time that Wales had beaten South Africa and the vic­tory was worth 0.78 of a rat­ing point, tak­ing them on to 82.55 points — just over two points be­hind fourth­placed Ire­land.

The loss means the Spring­boks have equalled their low­est ever po­si­tion since the rank­ings be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2003.

Else­where, Ire­land boosted their tally by more than a point fol­low­ing their 27-24 win against Aus­tralia in Dublin. They are now just over two points be­hind the Wal­la­bies and have ev­ery chance of catch­ing them, if they en­joy a suc­cess­ful Six Na­tions, be­fore the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw takes place on May 10, 2017.

New Zealand and Eng­land, the top two sides in the rank­ings, didn’t im­prove their points to­tal as ex­pected vic­to­ries over France and Ar­gentina came with no re­ward due to the dif­fer­ence in rat­ing points be­tween the na­tions.

Scot­land’s 43-16 win over Ge­or­gia at Rugby Park, the home of Kil­marnock Foot­ball Club, earned them one­tenth of a rat­ing point, which takes them to 80.67 points — just over one be­hind the Boks, who are in dan­ger of drop­ping to eighth if the sides in and around them in the rank­ings have good Six Na­tions cam­paigns.— Sport24.

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