Springbok captain Siya Kolisi on the charge… (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
New Zealand increased their lead over South Africa at the top of the World Rugby rankings to 1.56 points after their 19-17 win in the arch-rivals’ 100th Test in Townsville at the weekend.
The All Blacks, who won through a late penalty by fullback Jordie Barrett, picked up 0.68 rating points for their victory and moved to 91.83 points.
The Springboks lost 0.68 points and dropped to 90.27 points.
Elsewhere in the rankings, Scotland moved up to seventh without actually taking to the field.
Argentina’s 27-8 defeat to Australia in Townsville – their fourth straight loss in this year’s Rugby Championship – cost them half a rating point which was enough for them to fall below the Scots.
The Wallabies stay in third but the gap between themselves and the Springboks is down to 4.12 points.
World Rugby rankings (top 10):
1. New Zealand (91.83)
2. South Africa (90.27)
3. Australia (86.16)
4. England (85.44)
5. Ireland (84.85)
6. France (83.87)
7. Scotland (82.02)
8. Argentina (81.52)
8. Scotland (82.02)
9. Wales (80.59)
10. Japan (79.13)
25. Namibia (59.04)
34. Zimbabwe (50.71)
35. Kenya (50.55)
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