South Africa take back third place

Date published: October 3 2016

South Africa are back at third spot on the World Rugby Rankings after their win against Australia. 

Morné Steyn kicked all of South Africa’s points as the Springboks maintained their proud home record at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria with a hard-fought 18-10 victory over Australia in the penultimate round of The Rugby Championship.

The veteran fly-half slotted two drop goals and four penalties to earn South Africa their first win in four outings and 0.82 rating points.

As a result, South Africa will replace Australia in third place in the World Rugby Rankings, with the Wallabies dropping to fourth, on 84.71 points, just over two points clear of Wales in fifth.

New Zealand remain 6.81 points clear at the top of the rankings following their 36-17 win against Argentina in Buenos Aires with Los Pumas unchanged in seventh.

The All Blacks scored one of the tries of this year’s Rugby Championship when TJ Perenara finished off a sweeping move which started from a kick return deep inside the All Blacks’ 22.

New Zealand now travel to Durban knowing that victory over the Springboks on Saturday will see them equal the world record for 17 consecutive wins.

Australia and Argentina conclude their Rugby Championship fixtures with a ground-breaking game at Twickenham the same day, one that will decide who finishes bottom of the 2016 table. 

World Rugby Rankings
Previous position in brackets

1 (1) New Zealand 96.302
2 (2) England 89.493
3 (4) South Africa 85.124
4 (3) Australia 84.715
5 (5) Wales 82.496
6 (6) Ireland 81.677
7 (7) Argentina 80.938
8 (8) France 80.759
9 (9) Scotland 80.4410
10 (10) Fiji 75.49