England up to second, South Africa go to third

England fullback Mike Brown

England’s victory over Australia on Saturday has moved them up to second place in the World Rugby standings behind the All Blacks.

The other significant mover in the rankings South Africa moved up to third as a result of their late victory Ireland.

England’s victory over Australia was their ninth in a row – eight of them under Eddie Jones – and protecting that record gives them an added incentive for the the third and final test.

Captain Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell, who also kicked 13 points, got the tries for England on a night when Australia simply couldn’t find a way through the white line of tacklers.

Australia captain Stephen Moore emulated Hartley in crashing over from close range but they were unable to add to their tally after the break despite dominating territory and possession.

The Wallabies drop to fourth in the rankings in defeat, with South Africa, who, at 19-3 down at half-time, looked destined to lose to Ireland for the second game in a row until powerful centre Damian de Allende blasted through some tired tackles to make sure of victory.

South Africa’s 32-26 win not only keeps the three-match series alive but also improves their rating points by 0.37. The Springboks are now on 86.03 points – nearly two adrift of England and 10 behind world champions New Zealand but six tenths ahead of Australia.

Argentina’s 30-19 win over France in Tucuman means that Los Pumas stay fifth ahead of Wales, who went down to a brave 36-22 defeat to the All Blacks, while Ireland remain unmoved in seventh.

Rankings
Updated 20 June, 2016

1 (1) NEW ZEALAND 96.10
2 (3) ENGLAND 88.50
3 (4) SOUTH AFRICA 86.03
4 (2) AUSTRALIA 85.43
5 (5) ARGENTINA 82.87
6 (6) WALES 82.49
7 (7) IRELAND 81.96
8 (9) SCOTLAND 79.50
9 (8) FRANCE 78.09
10 (10) FIJI 77.14

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