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Wallabies move up two places after win over Wales : PlanetRugby

The Wallabies have passed Scotland and Argentina in the World Rugby rankings following their comeback victory over Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

Wales and South Africa looked set to move up the standings, but Australia is the only country to finish the weekend higher.

Wales had a chance to bounce back from their historic loss to Georgia the previous Saturday when an underpowered Wallabies team visited Cardiff in the final round of this year’s Autumn Nations Series.

A Welsh win would have lifted them above the Wallabies in the rankings and into eighth place, as well as taking a lot of pressure off head coach Wayne Pivac and his charges ahead of a Rugby World Cup year.

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Wales were on their way to victory as they led 34-13 by the 53rd minute, but a yellow card for captain Justin Tipuric proved to be a defining moment and the motivation for Australia to launch a spectacular comeback.

Wallabies winger Mark Nawaqanitawase made a couple of tries, the first in Test rugby, before replacement hooker Lachlan Lonergan secured the visitors’ victory with a try late in the game.

After starting their Autumn Nations Series campaign ninth in the standings, Australia ended what has been a rollercoaster year in sixth place.

The 1.36 rating points they received for the win over Wales was enough to put them ahead of the Scots and Pumas and they increased their overall score to 81.80 points, up 1.15 from five weeks ago.

Wales are still in ninth place, but are now just a fraction of more than two points away from falling outside the world’s top 10 for the first time in history.

Meanwhile, the Springboks needed to beat England by more than 15 points in their meeting at Twickenham to replace the All Blacks in third.

South Africa put in a dominant performance and looked set to achieve that goal despite a red card to replacement prop Thomas du Toit midway through the second half.

The Boks held a 27-6 lead at that stage, but the required margin slipped away when Owen Farrell converted a three-pointer from Henry Slade during the latter stages of the game.

It means South Africa finish the Autumn Nations Series one place below where they started it as a result of that conversion, but their overall rating is just three-hundredths of a point lower than it was when they started their end-of-year tour.

England have remained a consistent fifth place throughout, but the gap between them and the Boks has grown to a sizeable 5.31 points.

World Rugby Rankings for the week commencing 28/11/2022

1 (1) Ireland 90.63
2 (2) France 90.01
3 (3) New Zealand 88.98
4 (4) South Africa 88.97
5 (5) England 83.66
6 (8) Australia 81.80
7 (6) Scotland 81.55
8 (7) Argentina 80.72
9 (9) Wales 78.09
10 (10) Japan 77.39

READ MORE: Autumn Nations Series: Wales stunned as Australia produced an outstanding comeback to turn up the pressure on Wayne Pivac

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