South Africa beats New Zealand to regain world No.1 rugby spot
South African rugby national team, the Springboks, are back on top of the rankings after their shock win over the All Blacks of New Zealand.
Their 31-29 victory at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast in Australia in the Rugby Championship finale denied the All Blacks a clean-sweep in the competition and also knocked them off their perch as the No 1 team in the world.
The lead changed four times in a frenetic last five minutes but the Springboks kept their nerve to deliver Elton Jantjies the opportunity to secure a famous victory from in front of the posts.
“Thank you to the people back home for not giving up on us. We’re looking forward to coming home tomorrow,” said South Africa skipper Siya Kolisi.
The All Blacks were already assured of the championship title after their victory over the Springboks last weekend, but with Saturday’s win the world champions will move back above their great rivals to top the world rankings.
The victory was a reward for the Springboks showing much more adventure but just as much grit and physicality as they had in their previous three matches in Australia.
The victory snapped a 10-match winning streak for the All
Blacks going back to last year and should do much to ease the pressure on the
South Africans after they were pilloried for back-to-back losses to Australia.
The Wallabies will finish second in the championship after an
earlier 32-17 win over Argentina at the same Robina Stadium with South Africa
third and the winless Pumas bottom.