Ireland moved up two places in the World Rankings after their 40-9 victory over Samoa, with the result seeing them sit in sixth spot on Monday.
The margin of victory was enough to not only lift Ireland above Samoa but also Wales, albeit only by five hundredths of a rating point after the Welsh fell to a 24-15 defeat against the Springboks
This defeat means Wales have now gone 17 Tests without beating either the Springboks, Wallabies or All Blacks.
The win means South Africa narrow the deficit slightly to New Zealand above them with the All Blacks due to celebrate four years atop the IRB World Rankings on 16 November.
France's 26-19 defeat by New Zealand has not proven too costly for Les Bleus, who maintain their spot but with a lower rating point total. The All Blacks are again unchallenged at top spot with a slightly improved rating.
Australia remain fourth after the 50-20 win over Italy but improve their total by half a point thanks to the try-fest in Turin.
England and Argentina began the weekend third and tenth respectively in the world and are unchanged despite the home side's 31-12 victory at Twickenham.
Scotland stay ninth after their 42-17 win over Japan, but with an improved points rating, and the vanquished Brave Blossoms rise one place to fourteenth as a result of Canada's 19-15 loss to Georgia in Tbilisi.
Portugal hosted Fiji in Lisbon but endured a try count of six to one as the visitors ran up a 36-13 result to climb one place to twelfth with the Portuguese remaining 22nd.
Tonga fall two places to thirteenth after a last minute penalty by Florin Vlaicu secured a 19-18 win for the seventeenth ranked Romanians in Bucharest, a result which benefits Italy who, despite the loss to the Wallabies, rise a place to eleventh
The wins over higher ranked opponents did not result in positional gains for Georgia or Romania, but they improved their ratings by 1.2 and 1,56 points respectively. Canada, though, fall one place to fifteenth.
Their fellow North Americans were in action with the USA losing 29-19 to the Maori All Blacks, but only matches between the national teams of two IRB Full Member Unions count towards the rankings.
IRB World Rankings
Old position bracketed
1(1) New Zealand 93.20
2(2) South Africa 88.51
3(3) England 86.31
4(4) Australia 84.22
5(5) France 81.44
6(8) Ireland 80.76
7(6) Wales 80.71
8(7) Samoa 79.24
9(9) Scotland 77.25
10(10) Argentina 75.50
11(12) Italy 73.65
12(13) Fiji 73.56
13(11) Tonga 73.21
14(15) Japan 71.68
15(14) Canada 71.47
16(16) Georgia 68.86
17(17) Romania 67.74
18(18) USA 64.91
19(19) Russia 61.99
20(20) Spain 61.85
With thanks to the IRB