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All Blacks extend lead at top of world rankings

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irb.com     27 Aug 2014     Getty Images

The All Blacks, who have not lost to Australia at Eden Park since 1986, posted their highest ever score against the Wallabies to retain the Bledisloe Cup and increase their cushion at the top to 4.22 points over South Africa.

That is still less than they began The Rugby Championship with, having lost nearly four tenths after their opening draw with the Wallabies in Sydney.

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Australia’s defeat means their rating has slightly shrunk but they still occupy third, 1.51 points above the leading northern hemisphere nation England.

South Africa remain second with an unchanged rating point total after surviving a massive scare against Argentina in Salta, a late penalty from Morné Steyn securing a 33-31 win and denying Los Pumas a first ever win over their visitors.

Argentina stay 12th in the rankings as The Rugby Championship takes a week’s break, resuming on 6 September when Australia host South Africa and Argentina travel to New Zealand.