Kenya Simbas rise on the World Rugby rankings

Kenya Simbas have moved one place up on the final World Rugby rankings released on Monday 22 November 2021.

Paul Odera coached side beat Brazil 36-30 in a Stellenbosch Challenge Bronze match played on Saturday at Markotter Grounds.

Jone Kubu landed two tries, three conversions, and a penalty while Andrew Matoka with one conversion and John Okoth, Vincent Onyala, Samuel Asati with a try each helped Kenya pick a win.

The win saw the Simbas gain 1:44 points which have seen them move from 35th to 34th with a total of 51:77 points on the rankings. Brazil will end the year at position 29 after another drop following the loss to the Simbas.

Zimbabwe Sables lost 0.45 points in their defeat to Namibia and they drop down to position 33rd to 32. Namibia gained 0.45 points in the win by the points were not enough to make them move from position 24.

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South Africa and New Zealand remain as the teams ranked first and second but with reduced points totals.

The Springboks dropped 1.22 points as a result of losing the Rugby World Cup 2019 rematch to Marcus Smith’s last-minute penalty, and now have 90.61 points – a lead of 1.86 points over the All Blacks, whose defeat to revved-up France for the first time since 2009 cost them fractionally more. England are now less than three points off top spot in third.

Ireland took full advantage of the third red card of Tomas Lavanini’s test career to extend their winning run to seven matches and maintain fourth place in the rankings. France, not Australia, are now their nearest rivals as the win over the All Blacks pushed them up to fifth at the expense of the Wallabies, who drop to sixth.

Stuart Hogg became Scotland’s all-time record try-scorer with his 25th try for his country in a 29-20 win over Japan at Murrayfield that solidifies seventh place in the rankings, just ahead of Wales, who needed Rhys Priestland’s match-winning penalty in the game’s final act to see off 14-man Australia.

Wales and Argentina swap places with Japan making up the top 10. 

Romania and Tonga also traded places as a result of the Oaks’ 32-20 win in Bucharest, with the resurgent Oaks now 15th and Tonga 16th. Uruguay’s defeat to Italy led to USA replacing them in 17th.

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