LONDON – South Africa’s last-gasp draw against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday has seen them move above England and into fourth place on the World Rugby Rankings.
The latest rankings were announced on Monday – and, by improving their rating to 86.30 points, the Springboks overtake England. The gap between the two teams is just three-hundredths of a point.
Handre Pollard’s last-gasp conversion in Wellington earned South Africa a 16-16 draw against New Zealand as well as the all-important one rating point.
Meanwhile, in the rest of Africa, the second round of the Victoria Cup brought a clean sweep of away wins for Zimbabwe, Kenya and the Ivory Coast.
Only Zimbabwe, however, were able to improve their position on the rankings with their 31-26 victory against Uganda boosting their points total to 50.54 – enough to take them above Lithuania and into 35th position.