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Flying Fijians Remain At No.10

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians big win against Uruguay in London saw them retain their 10th spot in the World Rugby rankings. Winger Eroni Sau scored a hat-trick of tries
23 Nov 2018 10:13
Flying Fijians Remain At No.10
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team and officials at Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland, on November 10, 2018. Photo: FRU Media

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians big win against Uruguay in London saw them retain their 10th spot in the World Rugby rankings.

Winger Eroni Sau scored a hat-trick of tries on debut as Fiji bounced back from their heavy defeat to Scotland with a 68-7 win against Uruguay, their Pool D opponents at RWC 2019. Teams ranking was affected by the result.

An emphatic 31-5 victory over Romania in Bucharest has lifted the USA to their highest ever World Rugby Ranking of 13th, continuing a tremendous year for the Eagles which has seen them win all nine tests in 2018.

The reward for winning by such a big margin was 1.34 rating points and, with an overall total of 73.66 points, they are now above both Georgia and Italy, even though the Lelos also won.

Ireland’s win over the All Blacks see them take their rankings total to 91.17 points – only 1.37 points behind the All Blacks, who celebrated an unbroken nine-year reign as the world’s highest ranked team last Friday.

Like the USA, third-place Wales are on a roll. A record 74-24, 10-try victory over Tonga sets up the prospect of a historic November clean sweep and extended the team’s winning run to eight matches – their best for 12 years.

Wales did not get any reward from a rankings perspective for beating lower-ranked opponents and the same is true of England, who were in danger of losing to Japan until pulling away in the final quarter to win 35-15.

Australia’s 26-7 win over Italy in Padova has seen the Wallabies move up to sixth place, above Scotland, who suffered a 26-20 home defeat to South Africa. The Springboks remain in fifth place but are now just 0.42 of a point behind England.

In Lille, Teddy Thomas’ two tries helped France to a 28-13 win over Argentina with both sides remaining unmoved in the rankings, in eighth and ninth place respectively.

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