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Springboks sink to second lowest World Ranking spot ever

By Ian Cameron
Alistair Coetzee

The Springboks have dropped to their second lowest spot ever in the World Rugby rankings.

South Africa’s fifth loss of 2017 has seen them fall one place to sixth in the latest World Rugby Rankings with Scotland the beneficiaries.

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The Springboks fought back from a slow start that left them 21-3 down after 34 minutes with tries from Warrick Gelant, Handre Pollard and Jesse Kriel giving them a one-point lead going into the last quarter of the match.

However, Leigh Halfpenny’s penalty 12 minutes from time gave the home side a 24-22 victory.

They have been ranked lower – seventh – which they fell to in March of this year.

Coetzee defended his position following the loss to Wale in Cardiff.

Reflecting on 2016, when the Springboks won only four of 12 Test matches, Coetzee stated: “Last year was a fiasco. Definitely a fiasco. So we started from scratch this year. That’s how I regard it: year one.”

“I am signed until 2019, that is what my contract is saying. The team has really grown and there is a lot of improvement, and it’s a really healthy team environment.

“Last year we didn’t win a game on tour and [this year] we’ve won two, so there’s progress.”

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Turlough 5 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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