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Ranking: Morocco gain on Uganda ahead of Kenya clash
By Patrick Korir | Mon 18 Jun, 2018 15:33

A shock 23-23 draw for Morocco against host Zimbabwe in Harare in the opening round of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup cum 2019 World Cup qualifier on Saturday 16 June came with no ranking gain as revealed by the latest placement by World Rugby.

Morocco went to the game ranked 38th globally coming up against a 44th ranked Zimbabwe, and the ranking remained as is after the surprise draw.

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Though constant in positioning, Morocco gained 0.16 points to improve from 48.97 to 49.13 to move to within 0.14 of Uganda’s 49.27 ranking points.

As Morocco gained in points, Zimbabwe lost as much; 0.14 points to drop from 47.59 to 47.43.

After the Harare draw, the North Africans will be up against Kenya’s Simba’s in their second game on Saturday 23 June.

The inactive Simbas remain 28th as no changes in the periphery affected them though 29th placed Germany are within 0.03 of their 55.66 points.

The Zimbabwe – Morocco clash was one of two games played in the first weekend of the Africa Gold Cup.

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In Windhoek, host and champions Namibia hit Uganda 55-6 to start their campaign on the best possible high.

The result came with no ranking and point’s changes as Namibia remained 24th with 58.93 as Uganda stayed 37th with 49.27 points.

Tunisia, the sixth Nation in this year’s Gold Cup, will be up against Namibia next weekend as Kenya heads to Morocco. They are still ranked 42nd.

Wales, South Africa on the up

Upward, there were great gains for a number of Nations following wins at the weekend.

Wales improved from fifth to third following a 30-12 win over Australia who now drop to fourth. 

South Africa also scaled up two positions, from seventh to fifth, after a 23-12 win over England at Bloemfontein. The England loss sent them back from fourth to sixth.

New Zealand stayed top for yet another week after a 26-13 win over France. Italy are up one to 13th thanks to their 25-22 win over Japan in Kobe as Romania gained one from 17th to 16 following Samoa’s 28-18 win over Tonga.

Hong Kong improved a place to 21st following Canada’s 43-20 loss to Russia

Patrick Korir
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