Scotland’s first win over England in 10 years has seen them climb up to fifth in the World Rugby Rankings.
The 25-13 victory continued their impressive form at Murrayfield – they have now won six on the bounce at home in the Six Nations – and was worth a fraction under one and a half points, enough to take them above both Wales and South Africa.
The Scots now have 84.43 points and are just over a point away from catching Australia and claiming a place in the top four for the first time since the rankings were introduced in October 2003.
With England losing 1.47 points for their loss in Edinburgh and Ireland gaining just under four tenths for beating Wales 37-27 in Dublin, the gap between the teams ranked second and third is now down to 2.27 points, while New Zealand’s advantage over England at the top has grown to 4.61 points.
Wales played a full part in the 59-point thriller at the Aviva Stadium but their second defeat of the Championship, following the 12-6 loss to England a fortnight ago, cost them 0.36 of a point.
Friday's 34-17 victory over Italy in Marseilles prevented France slipping below Japan in the rankings for the first time. The 0.12-point gained, however, was not enough to see them climb any higher than their current position of 10th. Italy remain 14th but have lost a bit more ground on Tonga above them.
Uruguay on the up
Away from the Six Nations, Uruguay were the only side to improve their position by their own accord, although Germany benefitted from Los Teros’ record 67-15 win away to Chile, to move above Los Condores into 25th place.
Uruguay not only kept their slim Americas Rugby Championship title chances alive with the record win in Santiago, but they also moved above the USA in the rankings despite the Eagles improving their own rating thanks to a 45-16 win over hosts Brazil in the same competition.
The four-tenths of a point awarded to Uruguay for their 14th straight test victory moves them on to 67.32 points – five-hundredths more than the USA, who will retain the Americas Rugby Championship title, and trade places with Los Teros again, if they beat the South Americans in the final round of the competition in Montevideo next Saturday.
The only other match to count towards the rankings came in Lisbon where Rugby Europe Trophy leaders Portugal beat Switzerland 31-17 to remain in control of the competition. The victory came with a slight boost to Os Lobos’ overall rating which now stands at 58.76 points. They stay unchanged in 24th position, seven places above their beaten opponents.
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