Boks stay 5th in World Rugby rankings after the win over Wallabies

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Boks hold on to No 5 ranking

The Springboks remain fifth in the World Rugby rankings despite slumping to a record 38-3 defeat against Ireland on Saturday.South Africa suffered their hardest defeat against the Irish in Dublin. Although that sees the Boks tied up a full rating point from 85.04 to 84.04, they remain in the fifth position.Tries from Aphiwe Dyantyi and Faf de Klerk gave the home side an early 14-0 advantage. Before the Wallabies made it a two-point game when Reece Hodge and Will Genia went over.

The boot of Handre Pollard allowed the Boks to end the first half 20-12 to the good. Pollard’s third penalty at the beginning of the second half was the last scoring act of the game as the South Africans held out for their third victory of the campaign. Which left them two points adrift of New Zealand in the Rugby Championship standings.However, the All Blacks went on to beat Argentina 35-17 later in the day. Which was enough for Steve Hansen’s men to lift the title for the third successive year.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. when Dyantyi picked off a looping pass from Kurtley Beale right on Australias try line 26 seconds after kick-off.The Boks stretched their lead to 14 points when Pollard danced through the Wallaby defense before flicking a short pass to De Klerk in support for a try next to the sticks.The visitors then hit back twice in quick succession. first when Hodge was put into space down the right touchline. Then when Marika Koroibete got past Cheslin Kolbe on the other side of the pitch and found Genia on the inside to slash the Springboks’ lead to just two points.

Pollard then added three points from the tee and although Toomua tried to match him, he missed again, before the South African fly-half’s second penalty just before half-time put his side 20-12 ahead at the end of an insane first half.The second half was bereft of that energy, with Pollard’s third penalty six minutes into the second half the final bit of work for the scorekeepers.The Springboks did leave the door slightly unlatched when Dyantyi was shown a yellow card with 15 minutes remaining following repeated team infringement. The Bok defense held out to keep them alive in the Rugby Championship. Even though New Zealand poised to take the title.

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World Rugby rankings (Top 20)

1.New Zealand 93.83
2. England 90.14
3. Australia 88.02
4. Ireland 86.39
5. South Africa 84.04
6. Scotland 82.47
7. Wales 80.98
8. France 79.63
9. Fiji 77.93
10. Argentina 76.93
11. Japan 73.79
12. Georgia 73.41
13. Italy 72.55
14. Tonga 71.72
15. Romania 70.27
16. Samoa 69.67
17. USA 65.84
18. Russia 64.12
19. Uruguay 63.15
20. Spain 63.15

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