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The Springboks head into Saturday’s Test against Scotland in Edinburgh as the second-ranked country in the World Rugby rankings. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springboks: HOW they can regain the No 1 ranking this weekend

The Springboks head into Saturday’s Test against Scotland in Edinburgh as the second-ranked country in the World Rugby rankings.

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The Springboks head into Saturday’s Test against Scotland in Edinburgh as the second-ranked country in the World Rugby rankings. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks head into Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh as the second-ranked country in the World Rugby rankings.

Kick-off is at 15:00 SA time.

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Jacques Nienaber’s men are a mere 0.03 points behind the table-topping All Blacks heading into their penultimate match of 2021.

Scotland, for the record, are in seventh place.

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On paper – and in reality – the All Blacks have the far tougher assignment this weekend as they visit Dublin to play fifth-ranked Ireland, also on Saturday (17:15 SA time).

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If both the All Blacks and Springboks win by 15 or fewer points, the All Blacks will pick up 0.66 ranking points while the Springboks will add 0.49.

Should they win by 16 or more points, they will pick up 0.99 and 0.74, respectively.

In both scenarios the All Blacks would extend their lead atop the standings.

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However!

Should the All Blacks win by 15 or fewer points (0.66) and the Springboks win by 16 or more (0.74), the world champion Springboks would move back to No 1 in the world.

A defeat for both sides would also see the All Blacks remain No 1.

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There is no scenario, factoring in the other Tests scheduled this weekend, whereby the Springboks and All Blacks can drop lower than second in the standings.

TOP 10 IN THE LATEST WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS AHEAD OF THE WEEKEND’S TESTS:

1. New Zealand – 91.36
2. South Africa – 91.33
3. Australia – 86.26
4. England – 85.44
5. Ireland – 84.96
6. France – 84.25
7. Scotland – 83.27
8. Argentina – 80.30
9. Wales – 79.99
10. Japan – 78.50

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