Switzerland on the rise in rankings

(IRB.COM) Monday 7 April 2008
 Switzerland on the rise in rankings
Kenzo Pannell kicked 20 points in Hong Kong's victory over Tunisia - Photo: HKRFU

Switzerland are the biggest movers in the latest IRB World Rankings with a three place climb to 49th as a result of the 28-13 defeat of Denmark in their European Nations Cup Division 3A encounter in Odense on Saturday.

The victory avenges their narrow 24-22 loss to Denmark in Basel a year ago and takes Switzerland to within one point of Division 3A leaders Sweden, although they have played a game more than the table toppers in the competition that spans two seasons.

Denmark remain fourth with eight points, two more than bottom side Serbia who have two games in hand on the side above them now, after the loss which has also seen them slip two places to 61st in the IRB World Rankings – their lowest ever position.

The two countries to benefit from Denmark’s defeat are Peru and Barbados who each climb one place, while the Cook Islands, Malta and Sri Lanka all slip one as a result of Switzerland’s three place climb.

First win for Hong Kong

Meanwhile Hong Kong have inched a little closer to Germany above them following their 25-12 defeat of Tunisia in the first ever Test match between the two sides at the Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday.

Three penalties from fly half Kenzo Pannell cancelled out a try by Sabeur Ben Charrada to give Hong Kong a 9-5 half time lead. Pannell kicked another penalty before Abbes Khrfani's try levelled the scores.

Pannell edged the hosts ahead with another kick before Hong Kong made certain of victory when they were awarded a penalty try, converted by the fly half who completed the scoring with a late penalty.

Hong Kong went into the encounter ranked 27th and although they remain in that position the victory has improved their rating points by 0.39 to 55.03, albeit still 1.54 points behind Germany above them.

The defeat though did result in a one place fall for Tunisia, dropping them beneath Poland – a position they will be hoping to regain when the sides meet in the return leg of the two-Test series in Tunis this Saturday.

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