The Springboks have slipped to fourth on the IRB World Rankings following their humiliating defeat by Australia at the weekend.
The Boks were replaced in the top three by Australia after the 49-0, six-try drubbing in Brisbane on Saturday and further defeats in the Vodacom Tri-Nations could see them slip even further.
The Boks have dropped two places in the space of four weeks and such is the momentum that the drop threatens to become a free fall soon.
The Boks were second just two matches ago, but defeat to France at Newlands saw them leap-frogged into third spot by the French at the end of last month.
And now it was the Wallabies turn to inflict the humiliation and return to a top three spot after losing out during a disastrous run last year.
The All Blacks head the rankings comfortably followed by France, Australia and South Africa, hot on each others heels.
Before coach Jake White took over, the Boks were in sixth spot – their worst position ever – and it was a source of much pride for the coaching staff that they restored the Boks to second in the world.
Now, however, it is a distinct possibility they could return to six if drastic action is not taken immediately.
Official IRB Rankings (previous weeks position in parenthisis):
1(1) New Zealand 93.32
2(2) France 87.53
3(4) Australia 86.88
4(3) South Africa 85.89
5(5) Ireland 82.01
6(6) England 79.66
7(7) Scotland 77.72
8(8) Argentina 77.49
9(9) Wales 76.34
10(10) Samoa 73.86