South Africa retain third place in World Rugby Rankings

South Africa finished second in the Rugby Championship
South Africa finished second in the Rugby Championship

South Africa have retained their third position in the World Rugby Rankings following the latest round of the Rugby Championship which was claimed by New Zealand.

The Boks entered the final game of the competition against the Pumas needing a bonus point win with a point difference of 40 or more to win the tournament.

Even though Jasper Wiese, Siya Kolisi and Kurt-Lee Arendse touched down and they were awarded two penalty tries, they managed to win the encounter with a 38-21 margin which saw them finish second.

The result also meant South Africa continue to remain at third with 89 rating points behind top placed Ireland and second positioned France.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's 40-14 win over Australia at Eden Park saw them win the Rugby Championship title but they continue to remain at fourth place with 87.30 rating points.

Australia have slipped to their lowest ever ranking to ninth position while Argentina, who finished last in the competition are at eighth place.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 Ireland 90.03
2 France 89.41
3 South Africa 89.00
4 New Zealand 87.30
5 England 86.25
6 Scotland 81.93
7 Wales 81.28
8 Argentina 81.21
9 Australia 80.65
10 Japan 77.74