Boks climb rankings

 Oct 02,2012
Written by: Editor

South Africa had further reason to smile after their victory over Australia, with that win seeing them move back up to second in the World Rankings.

The Boks surrendered second spot to Australia after their RWC 2011 quarter-final loss, but the margin of victory at Loftus secured their return.

Despite a third loss in five Rugby Championship matches, an injury-hit Australia still sit just over two rating points above England and France and will be desperate to avoid further falls with the top four teams in the rankings to be kept apart in the RWC 2015 Pool Allocation Draw on 3 December.

New Zealand swept Argentina aside in La Plata to win 54-15 and clinch the title with a round to go, but the result had no impact on their rating given the seven places and 13.09 points they sit above Los Pumas. The All Blacks' cushion at the top, though, did increase by one hundredth to 5.82 rating points as a result of South Africa's five-try victory in Pretoria, the impressive Bryan Habana touching down three times in the win.

The biggest movers of the last seven days, though, were Paraguay who climbed two places to 37th on the back of a 29-14 win over Bermuda in the latest round of RWC 2015 qualifers.

Paraguay, who will now face Brazil in another one-off match on 27 October, climb above Sweden and Kenya, while the loss sees Bermuda fall to 50th with Senegal benefiting.

IRB World Rankings

(Old position bracketed)

1(1) New Zealand 92.43
2(3) South Africa 85.61
3(2) Australia 85.21
4(4) England 83.09
5(5) France 83.03
6(6) Wales 82.26
7(7) Ireland 79.85
8(8) Argentina 79.34
9(9) Scotland 77.97
10(10) Samoa 76.23

With thanks to the IRB

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