South Africa go past England to fourth in World Rugby Rankings

Handre Pollard kicked the decisive conversion in the end for South Africa
Handre Pollard kicked the decisive conversion in the end for South Africa
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South Africa have moved to the fourth position in the latest World Rugby Rankings following their 16-16 draw against New Zealand in the second round of the Rugby Championship in Wellington last weekend.

The All Blacks looked to have clinched the game with a seven-point lead heading into the final minute but Herschel Jantjies had other plans as he dived over the line in the 80th minute and Handre Pollard slotted a nerveless conversion to draw the game.

As a result, Springboks now have 86.30 rating points as they take their tally past England to claim the fourth place in the table.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have lost a rating point of 0.70 but continue to remain at the top with a lead of 1.58 over second placed Wales.

The other game of the Rugby Championship saw Australia beat Argentina 16-10 at Suncorp Stadium. Reece Hodge remained the only try scorer for the Wallabies while Christian Leali'ifano, who played his first game since 2016 kicked 11 points.

Michael Cheika's men now have 81.91 rating points as they consolidated their sixth place while Argentina remain at 10th with 76.81 points.

The final round of the tournament will see South Africa taking on the Pumas in Salta while New Zealand will lock horns with Australia taking on New Zealand in Perth with both the games scheduled on 10th August.

 

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