Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup was fun – Liebenberg
Former Springboks and DHL Stormers hooker, Tiaan Liebenberg, said that he enjoyed the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup against the Proteas at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
The Springboks beat the Proteas by six wickets, with the Bokke making 182/5 in 18.5 overs after the Proteas made 181 all out.
Liebenberg recently ended his rugby career due to injury and was unable to play his farewell match after 12 years as a Springbok. However, former teammates have said that he will always be known as a funny man and as one of the friendliest players who always showed a positive attitude.
The 32-year-old said that the Legacy Cup gave him the opportunity to once again experience what it is like to play in a South African team and added that he will always be part of the Springbok legacy.
"That's one thing about the Springboks... the fact that you'll always be seen as a Springbok," Liebenberg said.
"It was great seeing the guys again and catching up with guys like Victor Matfield, Willem Alberts and Hougies (Francois Hougaard). They welcomed my return. There was no talk about my retirement or how much weight I've picked up since I last saw them! I was just one of the boys again. I know it sounds (like a) cliché, but there's a special environment in the Springbok squad. We're a close family, and it will always be that way. It was great to feel that again."
Liebenburg said that the Legacy Cup was a very entertaining match and added that he was impressed with the Proteas as well as the role that they played.
"The great thing is that the match was played without any egos," he said.
"Yes, we were gunning for the result and we were surprised with the win. But the match was played to provide entertainment, and I think both teams delivered on the night. The Proteas were great sports. It was really a special moment when we stood side by side singing the national anthem. Hopefully, the crowd enjoyed the show. The support at the stadium was amazing."
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