South Africa reclaim number one position in World Rugby Rankings

South Africa have 91.13 rating points
South Africa have 91.13 rating points
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South Africa have reclaimed their number one position in the World Rugby Rankings following their recent win over New Zealand.

Having heading into the encounter with three successive defeats, South Africa were jolted by tries from Sevu Reece, Ardie Savea and Brad Weber but Makazole Mapimpi and Handre Pollard kept the Boks in the hunt.

Just as New Zealand thought they had the game through Jordie Barrett's penalties, Elton Jantjies with a drop goal and a penalty kick in the final two minutes sealed a 31-29 win for South Africa.

The result meant South Africa gained 0.18 rating points which helped them move back to the top spot while New Zealand slipped to second and now have 90.97 rating points.

Meanwhile, a hat-trick from Andrew Kellaway steered Australia to a 32-17 win over Argentina in the final round of the Rugby Championship.

The victory saw Australia gnarrow down the gap over second placed New Zealand to 3.98 rating points while Argentina continue to remain at eighth place.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 91.13
2 New Zealand 90.97
3 Australia 86.99
4 England 85.44
5 Ireland 84.85
6 France 83.87
7 Scotland 82.02
8 Argentina 80.69
9 Wales 80.59
10 Japan 79.13