Madagascar on rise in latest World Rankings

(IRB) Monday 28 October 2013
 
 Madagascar on rise in latest World Rankings
Madagascar beat Sri Lanka in the Serendib International Cup - Photo: Dennis Muthuthanthri / www.slrfu.com

The biggest climber in this week's IRB World Rankings was Madagascar who overturned Sri Lanka 17-12 at the Colombo Racecourse Ground to rise five places to 39th – the spot the hosts had occupied prior to the weekend.

Playing in the Serendib International Cup, the first IRB-sanctioned event held on Sri Lankan soil, Madagascar scored three tries while all Sri Lanka’s points came from penalties.

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Sri Lanka drop to 42nd in the world as a result and both sides now face a stern challenge in their next fixture of the triangular tournament against world No.28 Poland. 

Following a busy weekend of matches, the Netherlands rose three places to 31st, moving ahead of countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe, following their victory over Israel in their Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier.

Perfect conditions at Israel’s Wingate stadium saw the visitors record a 52-8 victory in front of more than 2,000 fans and they will now face a match with the ENC Division 1B winner, with the winner of that match facing the side that finishes third in 1A for a place in the repechage. 

Israel's RWC 2015 dream is now over, and the result also confines them to a six place drop to 53rd in the rankings. 

Germany, the highest-ranked team in action over the weekend, will be hoping they are the side to meet the Netherlands in the next round of the European qualifying process next year and moved back to the top of Division 1B with a 28-16 win in Ukraine. 

The win also improved their ranking total by 0.8 points, but they remain 27th, while the result also had no impact on Ukraine's position of 36th.

Superior ranking

Andorra edged past Latvia 22-19 in Jelgava, south of Riga, to rise four places to 63rd in the world, the result making Latvia the biggest fallers of the weekend, dropping seven places to 70th.

Hungary made their superior ranking and home advantage count with a 35-3 win over Slovenia.

The Hungarians held firm in Esztergom – the capital of the country prior to Budapest – to score four tries, plus 15 points from the boot of wing Gregoire Collet.

Hungary rise four places to 66th, while Slovenia slip two places to 84th.