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No rise for Simbas despite Zimbabwe beating
By Patrick Korir | Mon 02 Jul, 2018 15:38

Kenya's 45-36 win over Zimbabwe on Saturday 30 June in the Africa Gold Cup/2019 World Cup qualifier did not count much in terms of World Rugby ranking.

Kenya stagnates at position 28 and did not add any points to the 56.30 attained last week after grabbing 0.64 points from host Morocco after a 28-24 win over in Casablanca last Saturday.

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Ranking for Kenya was not affected due to its significant high ranking compared to Zimbabwe who are at position 44.

With no rise, the Netherlands who are just 0.22 points off Simbas remain safe at spot 27 are ranked significantly higher than their opponents. With no gain Kenya’s position was not threatened as 29th placed Germany failed to contain 17th placed Samoa as they went down 66-15.

Namibia who dispatched home team Morocco 63-7 at the weekend gained a marginal 0.23 points to move to 59.31 points but still remain 23rd in the ranking. Morocco's two straight defeats in two weekends see them fall further down from position 38 to 41.

In falling to Kenya Morocco dropped 0.65 points to drop from 49.13 to 48.48 which led to a two positional drop; from 38th to 40th in the World.

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The lost as much as Namibia gained to settle on 48.10 points to drop to position 41, just above Tunisia. Sri Lanka gained from their drop moving one up to 40th place. Uganda whom Kenya hosts on Saturday stayed put at position 37 with 49.27.

Philippines rise

Philippines were massive winners at the weekend. Back-to-back victories over Singapore have resulted in the Red Volcanoes clinching the Asia Rugby Championship Division I title that came with a three-place rise in the World Rugby Rankings.

With 0.93 of a rating point on offer for the comprehensive win, the Philippines have moved above Mexico, the Cook Islands and Croatia into 53rd place. Singapore drop two to 60th with Israel and Latvia the sides to benefit.

The Cook Islands fell  26-3 against Hong Kong in Rarotonga to drop one to 54th place. For Hong Kong who failed stay at spot 21, the win took them a step closer to a place in the RWC 2019 global repechage tournament.

Patrick Korir
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