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World Rankings: All Blacks back on top

SPOTLIGHT: A month after being dethroned by South Africa, New Zealand are back on top of the World Rugby’s Rankings.

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Saturday’s 54-16 win over Wales earned them 0.39 of a rating point which was enough to take them above the Springboks, who now trail New Zealand by 0.23 of a point.

Fittingly, Beauden Barrett produced a man-of-the-match performance on his 100th cap, scoring the first and last of his side’s seven tries.

TJ Perenara, Will Jordan, Dalton Papali’i, Sevu Reece and Anton Lienert-Brown also crossed for the All Blacks with Jordie Barrett kicking 19 points.

Under-strength Wales lost Alun Wyn Jones and Ross Moriarty to injury but put up a brave fight, scoring a try through Johnny Williams in addition to three penalties and a conversion.

Wales remain in ninth place in the rankings after their 32nd consecutive defeat to the All Blacks.

Kyle Steyn scored four tries in a 60-14 win for Scotland over Tonga at Murrayfield in the day’s other Autumn Nations Series match.

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Rufus McLean scored twice early on and Pierre Schoeman also crossed on his debut.

George Turner, Nick Haining and Oli Kebble accounted for the remainder of the tries in a match that did not affect either team’s ranking.

World Rankings: All Blacks back on top

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