Ireland successfully defended their world number one status against the Springboks and Jack Conan has called for his teammates not to get complacent.
On the back of a historic series win in New Zealand, Ireland held out against a late onslaught from the Springboks to continue their reign on top of the Test rankings.
Ireland will host Fiji this weekend and are likely to field a heavily changed side from the one that took on South Africa, but loose forward Conan has warned his teammates not to drop their standards.
“It’s massive, you want to play against the best team in the world, we are the best team in the world at the moment,” Conan said.
“It was a different challenge. It’s a platform and a springboard going forward. We took a lot of lessons from it. There are massive areas we can get better at but it’s great with Fiji this week, Australia next week, and leading into the Six Nations that we have that good performance under our belt.
“The lads set an unbelievable platform at the weekend. The physicality, the defensive pressure they put on, our set-piece as a forward pack was really nailed on.
“We spoke this week about that being the status quo now, and we need to push on from that and get better. That is going to be the challenge because lads went so well on the weekend.
“It’s a different challenge in Fiji, but again massive physical bodies, so it won’t be easy in that regard either.”