Bulls high on confidence but will face stern test against Chiefs as Liebenberg contemplates future in France
Bulls utility forward and former Junior Springboks captain Hanro Liebenberg believes their win over the Sharks a fortnight ago was a timely confidence boost ahead of their home game against the Chiefs. While the Chiefs have struggled since the beginning of Super Rugby, Liebenberg is of the opinion that they will face a stern challenge against the New Zealand side and two time champions. Liebenberg says he is unsure on whether he will return to France at the end of the year when his contract with the Bulls expires but admits that he still harbours ambitions to stay in the capital. Liebenberg spent a few months on loan to French Top 14 side Stade de Francais during the Super Rugby off season playing under former Springbok and Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer. Liebenberg’s older brother and also a former Junior Springboks captain Wian has been plying his trade in France for a number of years after leaving the Bulls to join Montpellier. Having recently moved to lock from loose forward, Liebenberg admits that he will be facing his toughest test when playing against All Blacks and Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick and is hopeful that it will bring out the best in him. Liebenberg believes that his ability to play in multiple positions in the pack is a huge benefit to the team and he now doesn’t mind where he plays as long as he contributes to the team’s success. Liebenberg started playing lock during his brief stint in the Top 14.