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Tiger In Focus: Hanro Liebenberg

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Summer-signing Hanro Liebenberg looks back on the opening two rounds of the Gallagher Premiership season, chats about the return of Boris Stankovich and his impact on the Tigers squad, arrival of Argentinian international Tomas Lavanini and excitement ahead of playing alongside him in the Leicester forward pack, as well as previewing this Saturday's game against Gloucester at Welford Road.

Liebenberg also answers questions about his time as part of the Tigers squad so far and first impressions of Premiership Rugby.

Hanro Liebenberg says the focus at Oval Park in the build-up to this weekend's Gallagher Premiership fixture against Gloucester has been on righting the wrongs of last weekend's outing against Saracens in the first of two successive fixtures at Welford Road.

Speaking to LTTV, Liebenberg said: "We've been focusing on our set piece as well as getting to our attacking shape."

"Last week, we lost a bit of shape getting on the front foot."

Liebenberg has also welcomed the return of Tigers scrum coach Boris Stankovich back to the East Midlands after his role with the Canada national side came to an end a fortnight ago.

"Since Boris has been back from the World Cup, he has been a massive influence ... last weekend we paid some good dividends in the scrum time and hopefully we can take that forward into the weekend's game," said Liebenberg.

Looking back on last weekend's loss to the reigning Premiership champions, Liebenberg admitted the side needed to manage their opportunities with the ball in hand better.

"We couldn't get out of our exit zones, we managed that quite poorly," he said.

"This coming weekend, we need to manage that a bit better ... building pressure when we get into their attacking zones."

The South African back rower has also enjoyed his first chance to work alongside Tomas Lavanini, who arrived in Leicester less than a week ago following his part in Argentina's Rugby World Cup campaign.

"Tomas arrived this week, he's a big guy and I am looking forward to playing with him," he told LTTV.

"He will be a massive influence for the team."

Speaking about this weekend's crucial fixture against long-time rivals Gloucester, Liebenberg said the squad owed the Tigers supporters after a poor start to 2019/20 campaign.

"It's important we get a win ... we owe the fans something and owe ourselves as well," said the 24-year-old.

"This weekend, we will be on our game and give them what they deserve."

The former Junior Springboks captain arrived in Leicester during the summer after five seasons with the Bulls in Super Rugby and told LTTV he is "settling" in nicely in Leicester and enjoying the "challenge" of the Premiership.

"I'm settling in quite nicely and enjoying it ... I am loving the challenge," Liebenberg said.

Watch the full interview with Hanro Liebenberg above on LTTV.