WHILE the Springboks will be determined to inflict further damage on England tomorrow by completing a series whitewash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, the visitors will be desperate to salvage some pride before heading home.

The Boks won the first two Tests and wrapped up the series victory last week. But rather than celebrate, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and a few key players immediately set their sights on a third win.

With form and home-ground advantage counting in the Boks' favour, they will enter this match as overwhelming favourites.

But England coach Stuart Lancaster said this week that his team had taken confidence from their brave comebacks in the last two Tests and would look to go a step further by registering a win.

The fact that this clash marks the final Test in the visitors' 2011-12 season should also boost their motivation to emerge victorious.

Both teams, however, will be missing key players, resulting in Meyer and Lancaster making changes to their teams.

In the Bok camp, fullback Pat Lambie and flank Willem Alberts were ruled out with injuries while centre Frans Steyn is getting married, which allowed fullback Gio Aplon, flank Jacques Potgieter and centre Wynand Olivier to start.

And on the bench No8 Ryan Kankowski and debutant flyhalf Elton Jantjies will be keen to get a run as impact players.

Lancaster, meanwhile, made six changes to his team, with fullback Alex Goode earning his first Test start, which resulted in Ben Foden moving to the wing, while scrumhalf Danny Care will start in place of the injured Ben Youngs.

In the pack, looseforwards Thomas Waldrom and James Haskell were handed starts, while lock Tom Palmer replaced Mouritz Botha and prop Alex Corbisiero was selected over Joe Marler.

The notable change on the England bench was the return of former Sharks centre Brad Barritt, who has recovered from surgery to his eye two weeks ago.

While Meyer spoke proudly of the progress his team had made since getting together almost three weeks ago, he singled out an improved defensive effort as one of the keys to ensuring that they complete the series unbeaten.

The Boks leaked three tries last week, which allowed the visitors to close the gap between the sides to four points before wing JP Pietersen scored the winning try.

"I really believe we gave soft tries away (last week)," said Meyer. "This was not the result of a defensive or coaching error but, rather, they were soft moments (in the game) .defence is part of your culture, part of who you are and part of your character. And without taking anything away from England, I wasn't happy with the easy tries we gave away. That said, to score 30-plus points in a Test takes a lot of doing, and to score four tries was great."

Lancaster, meanwhile, is hoping his charges can start the match with a bang rather than being forced to play catch-up rugby, as they attempt to avoid a whitewash.

"Our comeback last week has given us confidence," he said. "At half-time we were hanging on, but we had a better second half, so there were a lot of positives we drew from that match. But we also recognise that to win matches at this level you have to be an 80-minute side, not one that plays for 65 or 70 minutes."

Tomorrow's Test will mark a milestone in No8 Pierre Spies's career as he will play his 50th Test - a huge feat given that the player's rugby career was hanging by a thread in 2007 after he was ruled out of the Rugby World Cup in France with a life-and career-threatening pulmonary embolism.

"It has been an amazing journey," he said. "Coming from a Test debut where we were beaten 49-0 (against Australia in Brisbane) . and getting through the British and Irish Lions series win and a Tri-Nations victory . there are a lot of emotions and things going through my head."

Looking ahead to the game, Spies said: "England will be well prepared. They've had two losses and they might think they are in with a chance for the last one. So we have to be prepared and make sure we fire on all cylinders." With Sapa

SQUADS

Springboks: Gio Aplon; JP Pietersen, Jean de Villiers (capt), Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Francois Hougaard; Pierre Spies, Jacques Potgieter, Marcell Coetzee; Juandré Kruger, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Ryan Kankowski, Werner Kruger, Ruan Pienaar, Elton Jantjies, Bjorn Basson.

England: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Jonathan Joseph, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Ben Foden; Toby Flood, Danny Care; Thomas Waldrom, James Haskell, Tom Johnson; Geoff Parling, Tom Palmer; Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley (capt), Alex Corbisiero. Replacements: Lee Mears, Joe Marler, Mouritz Botha, Phil Dowson, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt.

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