Kenya Simbas unmoved as South Africa regain top in World Rankings

Kenya Simbas' Samuel Asati with a scrum-feed against Namibia at Stellenbosh Challenger. Photo Courtesy/KRU

Kenya Simbas remained 35th on the World Rugby Rankings after their third test of the year 2021 where they lost 60-24 to Namibia in a Stellenbosch Challenge match played on Sunday.

Simbas stay 35th with 50.33 points. The win did not affect Namibia as they also stay 24th on the rankings with 59.27 points. Zimbabwe Sables 24-22 win over Brazil has propelled them two places up to position 32 while Brazil have dropped one place down to 27th

Ownership of the top spot in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings has changed hands for the fourth time in just two months.

With South Africa beating Scotland 30-15 in the early kick-off on Saturday, they gained half a rating point for their victory and the All Blacks lost 1.34 points as a result of their second defeat in Dublin in as many games, the Springboks now hold a 1.8-point lead at the top.

England are up to third after a 32-15 win over an Australian side that has come out on the wrong side of Eddie Jones’ men in their last eight outings.

Australia’s defeat and Ireland’s magnificent win over the All Blacks put the Irish up to fourth and the Wallabies down to fifth.

France’s position and rating points total are unchanged following their 41-15 win over Georgia in Bordeaux, with Les Bleus remaining in sixth place on 84.25 points – just over one-and-a-half points above Scotland (82.78). Argentina are next, on 80.81 points, having boosted their rating by half a point with a five-try, 37-16 win over Italy in Treviso.

Meanwhile, both Wales and Japan were given a scare by Fiji and Portugal, respectively, but they remain in eighth and ninth position after finding a way to win.

Wins for Romania and Spain over the Netherlands and Russia in the latest round of the Rugby Europe Championship 2021 had a negligible impact on the rankings.

Canada, who had lost to Portugal the previous week, also had to dig deep to beat Belgium 24-0 in Brussels. Belgium actually end the weekend higher up the rankings, swapping places with Brazil, despite having 1.3 points shaved off their total. The Black Devils are on 54.86 points – 0.1 of a point more than Brazil, whose 24-22 defeat to Zimbabwe in the opening game of the Stellenbosch Challenge cost them 1.54 points. Namibia beat Kenya 60-24 in the other match.

Poland are up into the world’s top 30 for the first time in over eight years after a 21-16 win over Germany in the Rugby Europe Trophy saw them climb three places to 29th. But the biggest rankings gain of the weekend belongs to Lithuania who shoot up 10 places to 43rd as a result of a 28-20 win away to Switzerland

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