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Springboks seal series

The Springboks have beaten England 36-27 to seal their three match series against England.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers in action against England. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks have sealed the three match series against England at Coca Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Newly appointed coach Heynecke Meyer keeps his clean sheet after taking quite a bit of flak over team selections ahead of the test series.

The Boks pulled off a tight 36-27 win.

The margin was a lot smaller than many expected with the English putting up a strong fight in the second half.

First half tries from Willem Alberts, Francois Hougaard and Bismarck Du Plessis gave Meyer's men a 25-10 lead at the break.

But two tries by Ben Youngs in the second period saw the visitors close the gap to just four points with less than 15 minutes to play.

Man of the match, JP Pietersen sealed the game for the Boks with a stunning team try six minutes from time to give the Springboks a 36-27 win and more importantly, a two nil lead in the three match series.

The two sides will meet again in Port Elizabeth next week.