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Ranking; Kenya, Uganda drop ahead of Elgon Cup clash
By Patrick Korir | Tue 22 May, 2018 09:25

Kenya and Uganda, who face off in the Elgon Cup on Saturday 26 May in Kampala dropped a position each, to 30 and 35 respectively, in the latest World Rugby Rankings released on Monday 21 May 2018.

The positional drops for the neighboring foes were directly necessitated by weekend wins by Chile and Lithuania who were some of the winners at the weekend.

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Chile ended up third in Sudamerica 6 Nations competition after flattening Paraguay 97-0 in Santiago.

The win earned the side valuable points enough to improve to position 29 in place of Kenya who back down to 30. Last week Chile and Kenya both went a place up benefitting from South Korea's drop after a 21-30 loss to Hong Kong.

With Kenya and Uganda facing off before the next rankings release, Kenya has a chance of rising or Uganda can reduce the gap between them and their East Africa rivals.

Both Men's and Women's World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a 'Points Exchange' system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.

The exchanges are based on the match result, the relative strength of each team, and the margin of victory, and there is an allowance for home advantage.

Lithuania hit Malta 81-10 to earn promotion to the Rugby Europe Trophy for next season in the process moving up a place to 34th - their highest ever ranking at the expense of Uganda.

Lithuania will now play against Portugal, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Poland in the second tier of Rugby Europe’s competition structure next season.

Morocco up two places

Away from Kenya and Uganda, three other nations that are banded to contest the 2018 Africa Gold Cup that acts as a qualifier for the 2019 World Cup maintained their positions.

Namibia is 24th behind Portugal and ahead of Belgium as Tunisia and Zimbabwe maintained positions 42 and 44, respectively.

Morocco, is the only of the six teams to have risen after improving by two places from 40th to 38 as a benefit to Malta's three positional drop after the Chile whacking.

Patrick Korir
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