New Zealand narrow down gap with South Africa in latest World Rugby Rankings

Aaron Smith was one of the try-scorer for New Zealand
Aaron Smith was one of the try-scorer for New Zealand
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New Zealand have narrowed down the gap with the top positioned South Africa in the World Rugby Rankings following the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

The All Blacks thrashed Argentina with a 44-6 victory riding on a hat-trick from Will Jordan, double from a Shannon Frizell and tries from Aaron Smith and Jordie Barrett to reach the final of the World Cup.

The result meant Ian Foster's men picked up 0.65 points and now have 91.56 rating points as they continue to remain at second but the gap between them and the top placed South African side have come down to 1.23. Both the teams will be locking horns with each other in the final on Saturday.

Argentina despite the defeat continue to remain at seventh place but have lost 0.65 rating points.

Meanwhile, South Africa's 16-15 win over England in the semi-final saw them gain 0.31 points as they maintain their place at the top while Steve Borthwick's men retain their fifth place in the table.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 92.79
2 New Zealand 91.56
3 Ireland 90.57
4 France 87.81
5 England 83.72
6 Scotland 83.43
7 Argentina 82.42
8 Wales 80.64
9 Australia 77.48
10 Fiji 76.38