SUCH are the high standards set by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and his charges in their mission to scale the world rankings that their series victory against England at the weekend went almost unnoticed.

In a surprising reaction to the team's second victory in the three-Test series, No8 Pierre Spies and scrumhalf Francois Hougaard played down the feat and instead set their sights on a whitewash.

The Boks will line up against Stuart Lancaster's men in Port Elizabeth on Saturday in the final Test, and given the home team's desire to deliver a solid 80-minute performance after their second-half slump at the weekend, England could have to string together a special performance to emerge with a win.

The Boks came out firing on all cylinders in the first half at Ellis Park thanks to their smart game plan to retain possession and run England into the ground, which allowed them to enter the break with a convincing 25-10 lead.

But a combination of injuries and a set-piece slump in the in the second half resulted in the visitors closing in on the Boks.

A late try by in-form wing JP Pietersen - who was named man of the match - however, allowed the Boks to finish the clash with a respectable 36-27 victory.

Besides wrapping up the series against England, the win proved that the Springboks could be a strong force under Meyer's guidance.

Commenting on the team's first big feat under the leadership duo of Meyer and temporary captain Jean de Villiers, Spies said: "For us it goes much further than that (winning the series). We want to win all three games, and as a group we want to grow and build on the weekend's performance. Obviously the win was nice and wrapping up the series was a pat on the back. But we would like to win all three games."

Hougaard adopted a similar attitude to the series win and said their focus was on completing the series on a high.

"We are not really focusing on the series (win) as such," he said. "We still have a job to do for our country and we have a lot of pride. So we want to go into the next game with the same mind-set that we had in the last two games."

Meyer was much more frank about the achievement and said: "I don't care about winning the series. We want to win every Test."

While Spies and Hougaard said there were several positives the side could take from their last two games, they made no secret of the fact that there was hard work ahead to build a strong 80-minute performance and reach their true potential.

"We have only been together as a team for two weeks, so it was amazing to start the game like that," said Spies. "Of course we would have liked to maintain that momentum (in the second half), but that will come with time. We played brilliant rugby in the first half and we can definitely build on that in future."

Looking ahead at the Port Elizabeth Test, Meyer said there could be a few changes to his team due to a combination of injuries and the desire to give a few fringe players a chance to prove their worth.

Fortunately for the coach, lock Juandré Kruger's neck injury, which resulted in his being stretchered off the field in the 62nd minute, was not as serious as feared and a scan revealed no serious injury.

But fullback Pat Lambie (ankle) and Willem Alberts (knee) will be assessed in the week to determine their availability for the final Test.

There will, however, be one enforced change to the starting team, as centre Frans Steyn has been given the week off to prepare for his wedding on Saturday.

Said Meyer: "I don't want to make the national colours cheap, but before (last) Saturday's game I decided that I wanted to give one or two guys a chance to see what they can do.

"This will also add fresh legs because there are players suffering from fatigue after playing every week (this season). But that said, we also need some continuity in selection . especially going into the Rugby Championship . so it will be important to strike a balance because we want to use every opportunity we have for the team to play together, but there are also a few injuries, so other guys will definitely come in."

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