All Blacks on verge of four-year rankings milestone
irb.com and James Mortimer 13 Nov 2013 Getty Images
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 10th 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 14th 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 12th with the Portuguese remaining 22nd.
Tonga fall two places to 13th after a last minute penalty by Florin Vlaicu secured a 19-18 win for the 17th ranked Romanians in Bucharest, a result which benefits Italy who, despite the loss to the Wallabies, rise a place to 11th.
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 15th.
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.
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