Bulls claim major Lions scalp

2011-08-02 19:04

Johannesburg - Lions scrumhalf Jano Vermaak will be joining the Blue Bulls after the completion of this year's Absa Currie Cup, the Bulls revealed in a statement on Tuesday.

The scrumhalf, who has been part of the Lions structures since 2004, has signed a two-year contract citing the need for a fresh challenge as his main reason for the move.

"I felt it was time to make a change," he said in a statement.

"I was with the Lions for a long time and when this offer came along, I knew it was the right one at the right time for the right team."

Blue Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said that he views Vermaak's signature as another exciting step in their efforts to keep the Bulls on top of the Super Rugby pile.

"Jano is world class and will fit in nicely with our Bulls culture as he lives in Pretoria already," said Van Graan.

"We are looking forward to the contributions he will make."


  • Spinnie - 2011-08-02 19:14

    Mitch......... bench him. :)

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-02 22:12


      poenskop - 2011-08-03 08:01

      Good news. Get rid of the Chaff. been here 7 years and done nothing.

      Dan - 2011-08-03 08:19

      @ Spinnie. Mitch should bench the entire team.

      420 - 2011-08-03 09:03

      Dont worry, when he gets to the Bulls he will spend enough time warming the bench. Cant see him starting ahead of Hougaard...

  • PDP - 2011-08-02 19:15

    How many scrumhalves do they want? Pure selfishness!

      Coach18 - 2011-08-02 21:31

      dont you realise that hougaard can play wing as well to me this is a great move tactically as it gives our backs great depth and experience. great signing!

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-03 08:19

      What happened to the fabled bulls production line of talent that heyneke meyer built. smoke and mirrors?

      AjAxxxx - 2011-08-03 08:27

      i DESPISE PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT HOUGAARD CAN PLAY WING! playing the scrumhalf with the most potential ever in the wrong position. sigh

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-08-02 19:17

    This is good news for bull supporters.Dustin Jinka can pack his bags and go back to cape town he is not good enough to play for the bulls.Lohan Jacobs and Rudi van rooyen are still too young to play senior rugby.We must prepare ourselves for more good news we have the financial muscle to build depth.In my opinion we need a new experienced prop and a big loose forward like a willem alberts. Go bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Adop - 2011-08-02 19:22

      Well said! agree on the forwards or they mus spent more time in the gym and bulk up

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 19:25

      Oppas Muzi. You are criticizing a player of color. You will be labeled a racist.

      mike - 2011-08-02 19:26

      Yeah this is a very good signing. Was one area where we are currently in trouble all be it that Snyman is injured. Also agree regards the loose forward requirements, we have some exciting youngsters but they all more suited to 8th man or open side.

      ZotBot - 2011-08-02 19:48

      Amen brother !!! GO BULLS !!!

      Kraut - 2011-08-02 20:14

      GO SHARKS!!!!!

      Drone - 2011-08-02 20:43

      We need to start buying some muscle, a big hard runnning flank and a massive lock who can play 4 and 7. From what Ive seen Lohan Jacobs isnt very good. There is a big jump between age group rugby and cc or s15, its very hard to accurately predict a good player based on him standing out at u21 or vodacom cup level. Gary Botha looks to be finished. Potgieter looks to be too small for even cc level.

      Whoosa - 2011-08-03 07:49

      agree drone, our backs ar sorted now. Whe need muscle upfront! Thats our downfal at the moment cuase we get man handled at the breakdown areas. We got to go back to bulss philosify, big heavy pack of forwards. Cuase is doesnt matter how much the game or the rules change, the game is dominated upfront, end of.

      jk - 2011-08-03 10:50

      slap in the face for hougaard...

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-08-02 19:19

    hahaha the lions are in big trouble with robert gumede gone prepare for the likes of jaco taute to leave.

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-08-02 19:19

    Oh yea with our boks back WE WILL BEAT THE LIONS THIS SATURDAY AT LOFTUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 19:40

      No, the Lions will in all probability still "tear the bulls a new one".

      ZotBot - 2011-08-02 19:49

      I like you bra !!! (No, not in the Julius Malema and young boys way ...)

      pcundertaker - 2011-08-02 21:41

      you wishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Bricktop - 2011-08-02 19:24

    Jano is probably past his prime already.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-02 22:13

      Your father is past his prime already.

      poenskop - 2011-08-03 08:03

      Yes, waaaaaaaay past his prime. Its fitting he goes to the bulls, seeing as they are the history channel team. good riddance, he hasn't really done anything in his 7 years at the lions

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 10:17

      Jano started playing good rugby last year, he will reach his potential at the Bulls. A little jealous?

      jk - 2011-08-03 10:51

      hes too cheap for wp

  • Jack - 2011-08-02 19:41

    Can's see the logic, why would he play understudy to Hougaardt? He's on his way down, and now the Bulls buy him for cheap. This is what happens to clubs when they get too successful - they start to listen to the beancounters, and start buying second-hand junk. It's what happened to Liverpool in the 90's.

      mike - 2011-08-02 19:51

      His 26 so I can't see that your comment has much merit. Besides with Houguard and Jano they have the depth needed to compete in the Super 15, also young Snyman is not too bad just needs some experience. Jinka is useless thought and killing our go forward ball single handedly...

      Coach18 - 2011-08-02 21:24

      Mr Mojo Jano is leaving the Lions because of personal reasons it is not easy for him to move. He has only made a name for the lions not like province who buy Habana(springbok) or fourie(springbok) Just watch how Jano plays himself in to a bok jursey now!

  • MrMojoRising - 2011-08-02 19:47

    Dit nou dieselfde Bulls wat nooit 'n speler koop wat al vir homself 'n naam gemaak het, en net "developing" players koop? So dis nou, Sadie, Engelbrecht en Jano Vermaak . . . Bullbarians!

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 19:57

      Ja, o ja. Die Bullbarians.

      Oukoos - 2011-08-02 20:01

      Nee, die Bulls is bereid om Sadie en Engelbrecht 'n salaris te betaal wat hulle werd is. Hulle is te wit na die WP rugbyunie se sin, dus kan hulle maar gaan terwyl 'n has-been Habana teen 'n astronomiese salaris behou word, want sy kleur is (volgens Wakefield) reg. Vader dank, Kitshoff het besluit om te bly ten spyte van die reuse salarisverhoging wat die Bulls hom aangebied het. Ons moet ophou om die Blou Bulle bestuur te kritiseer omdat hulle intellegente besluite neem. Ek sal 'n WP ondersteuner doodgaan, maar ek is nie blind vir my unite se onnoselheid nie.

      Allin - 2011-08-02 21:06

      Die Bulls verkoop selfs "overdeveloped" player like Hasbeena to teams like the Mountain Goats!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-02 22:14

      Ons almal weet hy gaan nou n Springbok word, soos dit hoort.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-08-03 06:33

      @Oukoos Man weet jy jy is 'n yster oukoos, jy is 'n ware rubgy man , ek respekteer jou daarvoor ! wens ander ouens op die blog kan soos jy wees. Blou bul groete en sterkte vir julle saterdag.

      CliffB - 2011-08-03 06:36

      Oukoos: Reg , Dis n pro era , maar as ons so moet praat en redeneer, hoekom is daar n klomp idiootiese Davillite wat ons die Stormbarians noem !!!

      GILLBERT - 2011-08-03 09:18

      die verskil is die bulls koop spelers en maak van hulle bokke, die stormers koop bokke en maak van hulle hasbeens

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-08-03 10:16

      Ek is baie baie baie de bliksem in oor Sadie en JJ maar veral oor JJ want hy is laat gaan om 'n uit vorm vleuel te behou. Hoe kan ons bestuur dit nie sien nie?

      jlens2 - 2011-08-03 11:09

      Ask Jano where he plaid craven week for the first time. For the bulls when he was in primary school. Bulls!!!!

  • TheKnowItAll - 2011-08-02 19:49

    wont get him into the Boks, but at least he wont be eating anymore humble pie with the wooden spoon he gets every year from the Lions. good player at currie cup level

      Coach18 - 2011-08-02 21:27

      clearly you dont live up to your name coz you know ef all bru. watch jano play in a team that has structure, build phase chap watch out i see another super rugby trophy shining in the cabinet soon. at least before the world ends that is!

  • Oukoos - 2011-08-02 19:55

    Why not? The Bulls are prepared to give Jano a second chance to get his rugby career on track. Matter of teh fact is that they need a backup #9 and Duvenhage is not available.

      Oukoos - 2011-08-02 20:03

      En so terloops, ek dink dit was 'n dom besluit - Jano is oor die muur

  • Corniel - 2011-08-02 20:09

    rerig hoeveel keer nog moet die effen bulle ander provinsies plunder voor hierdie ----- stop, n speler moet gestop word om meer as 2 keer rond te hop

      Bricktop - 2011-08-02 20:15

      Wat sê dit jou van al die talent daar bo in Pretoria. Da is niks.

      Pears - 2011-08-02 23:04

      Mmm..some sour Lions supporters forgetting how they bought Delport, Francis, Maku and Boshoff from the Bulls the last two seasons. Tried their best to get Bakkies as well.

  • Marius Swart - 2011-08-02 20:25

    Kan nie glo hy het nog nie vir die Springbokke gespeel nie.Sterkte by die Bulle Jano jy was nog altyd staatmaker en sal bydrae tot enige span en gaan verseker bulle beter span maak.

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-02 20:35

    Why Jarno?......Why the Bulls?.......Now you have to drop your IQ by 75%....... you'll most probably end up marrying your cousin and live in a caravan park for the rest of your life!!!!

      henniedotvanstaden - 2011-08-02 22:04

      Dit wil sê dit is sy laaste jaar in groot rugby, sy IK gaan nou minder as sy ouderdom wees, anders pas hy nie in. Dankie Jano jy is 'n goeie speler.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-02 22:16

      Yes Ken, then Jano and your mother can become neighbours.

      Ken J May - 2011-08-02 23:57

      @ bulldozer, there you go again, insulting a persons mother, were you molested as a child by any chance!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-03 00:08

      Ken, you insulted my mother (a Bulls supporter) by saying Jano's IQ has to drop by 75% if he wants to join the Bulls. Pot calling the kettle black. By the way, I was molested by your mother as a child and it confused the hell out of me.

      Ken J May - 2011-08-03 00:14

      @bulldozer, you mother should have aborted!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-03 00:22

      ''you mother should have aborted''. Makes no sense whatsoever.

      Ken J May - 2011-08-03 00:31

      @ bulldozer....Your mother should have aborted you, you idiot!! Now we are stuck with idiots like you! I rest my case!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-03 01:36

      Ken's mother also molested me. Are there more out there?

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-03 05:29

      Graemme, normally in cases like this, as soon as a victim or 2 come forward, the flood gates open and all the victims want to be heard. We can expect a few more I believe.

      CliffB - 2011-08-03 06:39

      GraemeBB & Bulldozer : Come now , never expected that talk from you two , ywo guys make sense 99,9% of the time !!!

      CliffB - 2011-08-03 06:41

      GraemeBB - Ok When I read the comments from Jhb , I must appologise !!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 08:54

      Kens mom molested me as well

      Friksepappa - 2011-08-03 09:40

      Ek kon sweer dit was Ken se Pa gewees in my geval...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 10:24

      Ken green is not your colour. Little jealous I see, take a chill pill.

      Ken J May - 2011-08-03 11:55

      @BLOODY AGENT/FRIKSEPAPPA it could not have been my mom, she died during childbirth, it must have been Evita Bezuidenhout !!

  • SUPER C - 2011-08-02 21:08

    F(B)lou N(B)ulle, stop buying players and then bragging about your success and for heaven's sake get your own players. Bulls suck!!

      pcundertaker - 2011-08-02 21:46

      Almal gebruik die lions se spelers om hul mis haps te vul en jaar na jaar moet ons nuwe spelers vind maar cowboys dont cry, ons sal dit oorleef met nog 'n top skrumskakel wat ons erens weg steek

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-03 01:38

      Super C - who is not buying players. The man lives in Pretoria, so I guess he also doesnt want to pay toll fees.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 10:27

      Super C soos daai ou gesegte se, die hoogste bome kry die meeste wind. Bulls suck? Really?? Whatever blows your hair back mate :)

  • Coach18 - 2011-08-02 21:18

    Great move Jano looking forward to you feeding Steyn and creating play around the break down points, very exciting player now we can move Hougaard to the wing and watch him shine as he has done before. God Bless and help the bulls bring back that Super Rugga Trophy!!!

  • Andrew - 2011-08-02 21:25

    So Sad! And just ask Kockett has sigend to play in France... Again, the Lions loose a quality player just as he's hitting the top of his game (Habana / Alberts / Pretorius) Best of luck to you Jano, and thank you for all your efforts at the GLRU.

      Jimmyboy - 2011-08-02 22:02

      Hopefully Kockett gets back asap as he was sent on a 3 month loan with the option of being bought. But hopefully he we will want to still play in south africa and see this as a opportunity to make his place in super rugby. Suddenly the lions are looking bare at 9 and the bulls are now got options and depth. This has not gone according to plan for the lions(or if it has, it's news to the lions fans). . . .Pity Lions couldn't have got their hands on saruel

  • pswart40 - 2011-08-02 22:37

    That piece of sh#t town can't produce their own players, so they steel ours!!! Julle is rerig ongelooflik... Drolle

  • Makisaki - 2011-08-02 23:13

    At least he will get a better opportunity to get the bok jersey - pity to see him go. Seems that the Lions are as a matter of principle ignored as choices for the "top" echelons of SA rugby. If they are not cup winners - nobody will be chosen. Jano we will miss you, but good luck

  • duke - 2011-08-02 23:20

    Great move. All the guys complaining about the Bulls buying better realise that ALL the teams need bigger squads for SupeRugby. The Bulls are (again) just ahead of the pack!

  • grant nicol - 2011-08-03 06:51

    What ever happened to Rivalry and Loyality, Join any other province in SA, but you cant join the Bulls from the Lions it just isnt right. Also how can you announce this in the week where you are going to be playing the bulls

      PCDP - 2011-08-03 07:27

      This is the age of the pro game..... MONEY is what counts!

      Eugene - 2011-08-03 16:44

      Why not? Butchie, Francois Steyn, Lionel Mapoe and Bandise Maku all joined the Lions from other unions. Barend said it: 'Jano lives in Pta already!' Therefore he is no Joburger

      hls - 2011-08-06 20:58

      I do not have a problem with the Bullies bying Jano. What I do have a problem with is the timing of the announcement. 3 days before the Lions play them. They did the same when they bought Wicus van Heerden (the then Lions captain) and announced it the week before the two teams met in the semis. thinks not. This was planned timing to create discord in the lions ranks. Ethical... do the bullies even understand the term?

  • pswart40 - 2011-08-03 06:59

    My biggest problem about this is not that he left the lions and joined the bulls it is that he was dishonest about "not talking to other unions" and go and sign behind our backs.

  • grootdors - 2011-08-03 07:20

    JANO VERRAAIER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • patthehat - 2011-08-03 13:36

    This is not a comment to the subject above but to SA rugby after ready the comments below, we need to start playing players in 1 position.Choose the top 3 in each position and work from there. What does it help playing Hougaard and Lambie at wing or full back?choose players who specialise in those positions then you will have the depth needed for end of year tours or our recent tour to Aus/NZ

  • Eugene - 2011-08-03 16:40

    Jano at 9, Hougaardt on wing, Morne at 10, Wynand Olivier at 12, Stefan Watermeyer at 13, Adona Ndungane at 14 and Zane 'Sideshow Bob" Kirchner at 15 = Best backline in SA!

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