LONDON - South Africa remained rooted in a lowly seventh place on the latest world rugby rankings which were released on Monday.
South Africa's Springboks suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Australia in Brisbane and this week they will be desperate for a victory this week in Wellington where they run out against the world No 1 ranked New Zealand.
Australia's win allowed them to finally open their Rugby Championship account after they suffered back-to-back defeats against New Zealand.
New Zealand went three from three with a victory over Los Pumas to stay well clear at the top of the World Rugby Rankings. Should they triumph against the Boks this week, the Rugby Championship will be over as a contest and all that remains will be a shoot-out for second place.
The much-changed New Zealand side ran in six tries against an enterprising Argentina outfit to maintain their perfect start to the season, and they remain 4.39 points clear of nearest rivals Ireland in the rankings.
World Rugby Rankings
1 New Zealand
7 South Africa