Three converted tries and four penalties from the boot of scrum-half Simon Perrod saw Switzerland claim victory over Germany in Heidelberg in what was the first meeting between the teams in 35 years.

The Swiss controlled the scoreboard for all but a 10-minute period either side of half-time in this Rugby Europe Trophy encounter, scoring tries through back-rows Ludovic Peruisset and Nicolas Mousties and tight-head prop Vincent Vial, which Perrod improved, to win 33-20.

Their first victory over Germany in four attempts earned them one-and-a-half rating points and lifts them up to their highest ever position of 28th in the World Rugby Men's Rankings.


Germany are left clinging onto their position in the world's top 30 as a result of their seventh defeat in eight matches since they competed for a place at Rugby World Cup 2019 in the repechage tournament in Marseilles in November 2018.

All of their points came in the first half with Johannes Schreieck and Luke Wakefield dotting down for tries and Niklas Hohl adding 10 further points from the kicking tee.

While Switzerland stay second in the Rugby Europe Trophy behind the Netherlands, Germany drop from fourth to fifth.

Storm damage

Storm Carroll was the hero for the Netherlands as it was his conversion that kept their winning start to the season going in a highly competitive fixture against Poland in Amsterdam.

Poland had led 6-0 at half-time, thanks to a pair of penalties from fly-half David Gdula, and the score stayed that way until the 78th-minute when Siem Noorman finally breached the visitors' defence, Carroll adding the all-important two points to give the Dutch their third win of the season.

Considering the Dutch had scored 120 points in big wins against Poland in the previous two meetings, the visitors will no doubt take great heart from picking up a losing bonus point away from home.

The Netherlands remain in 25th place in the rankings as there was a near nine-point differential between themselves and their opponents before home weighting was factored in, with Poland remaining nine places further back in 34th.