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Kenya up two places in World Rugby Rankings

Kenya Simbas beat visitors Hong Kong 34-10 to climb tow places in the latest World Rugby Rankings.
Kenya Simbas beat visitors Hong Kong 34-10 to climb tow places in the latest World Rugby Rankings.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Following Simbas 34-10 victory over Hong Kong in last weekend’s one-off test match, Kenya has climbed up two places in the World Rugby Rankings.

The team now sits 22nd while Hong Kong, whose only try came late on from debutant Hugo Stiles, fall three places to 27th as a result of the defeat.

During the test match, Joseph Kang’ethe, Tonny Owuor, Nato Simiyu and Darwin Mukidza dotted down the tries for Kenya who are ranked third in Africa behind South Africa and Namibia.

South Africa remained third in the world even after narrowly losing 26-24 to Argentina while Namibia stagnated 20th globally. Zimbabwe are placed 36th as Kenya’s neighbors Uganda sits 42nd

Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias’s penalty two minutes from time secured the win for Argentina in Salta and a two-place climb to seventh in the latest World Rugby Rankings.

Argentina looked in danger of letting a 10-point lead slip for a second weekend running against the Springboks, but regrouped to claim a third win in Rugby Championship history to the delight of the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena crowd.

Los Pumas climb above France and Scotland in the rankings and close to within three tenths of Ireland in sixth, having not secured the winning margin of more than 15 points that would have lifted them another place.

South Africa remain third despite the defeat, although are now more than four rating points adrift of England and less than a point above Australia, whose rating is unchanged despite a 29-9 loss to New Zealand.

World champions New Zealand produced another dominant display to beat Australia for the second weekend running, the Wallabies now having lost six matches in a row, three against the All Blacks and three in the June series with England.

Tries from Israel Dagg (2), Julian Savea and Sam Cane helped the All Blacks to win the Bledisloe Cup for a 14th year in succession and go into the bye weekend in The Rugby Championship with a five point lead in the standings from South Africa and Argentina.