South Africa narrow down gap over fourth placed England in World Rugby Rankings

Cobus Reinach scored the final try for South Africa
Cobus Reinach scored the final try for South Africa
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South Africa have reduced the gap over fourth placed England in the World Rugby Rankings following their 35-17 win over Australia in Johannesburg.

Having moved into the break with a slender 14-10 lead, the Springboks showed excellence in the second half to seal a 16-20 win. Herschel Jantjies had a dream debut with a couple of tries while Lood de Jager, S'busiso Nkosi and Cobus Reinach all touched down to lead Rassie Erasmus' men to a winning start in the tournament.

The result means South Africa have consolidated their fifth position with 85.30 rating points just 0.97 points behind fourth positioned England.

Meanwhile, Argentina missed a golden chance to improve the ranking position by at least one place had they defeated world champions New Zealand. The Pumas came close after being 9-20 down in the first half with Emiliano Boffelli's second half try narrowing the gap down to four points but Steve Hansen's men held their defence tight to seal a thrilling win.

New Zealand now have 92.54 rating points which is 2.58 more than second placed Ireland while Argentina are at 10th place with 77.05.

The second round of the Rugby Championship will be played on 27th July with New Zealand hosting South Africa in Wellington while Argentina will lock horns with Australia in Brisbane.

 

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