Bulls snare Lions youngster

2012-07-12 13:17

Cape Town - The Bulls have signed another one of South Africa's most promising players in Lions loose forward Grant Hattingh.

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According to the Rugby365 website, Hattingh, 21, who joined the Lions on a short-term Vodacom Super Rugby deal earlier this season, confirmed his trans-Jukskei move on both Facebook and Twitter on Thursday.

"Anyone got a place for me to stay in Pretoria?......or know of anyone pls let me know!!!!shot," Hattingh wrote on his Facebook page.

Soon thereafter on his Twitter page he wrote: "Nervous but exited! will be spending the next 2 and a half years in Pretoria! Bulls is great union!"

With uncertainly over the Lions' future in Super Rugby, Hattingh joins a growing lists of departures from Johannesburg. Centre Doppies la Grange has signed to play in Italy and wing Michael Killian has confirmed he will join up with the Southern Kings.

Hattingh played age-group rugby for Western Province between 2009 and 2011 and also represented Maties in the 2011 and 2012 Varsity Cups.

Hattingh attended Kingswood College and has played lock, flank and No 8.


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 13:21

    Thank goodness he was not poached from Province for a change:):)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 13:40

      Hattingh played age-group rugby for Western Province between 2009 and 2011 and also represented Maties in the 2011 and 2012 Varsity Cups. Pretty much was. Poor Lions - from such a great province to now being in danger of being kicked out of the Super tournament to make way for the Kings who play Currie Cup also-ran division. These guys were Currie Cup champs last season for goodness sake. What is wrong with them and what is wrong with SARU?

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-12 13:41

      Thank goodness the Bulls gave this man a Career for the next 2 years....

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 13:47

      @Tom,I know he comes from WP @Charlie,career in what,not making the playoffs:):)

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-12 14:05

      Lionel... Career like in making a living and earn money...There is more to life the just Rugby... You know bonds, health care and so on...

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-12 14:11

      Danie Rossouw replacement?

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 14:51

      @stompies, Spot on

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 15:21

      Is this guy capable of becoming the next Danie? I miss that guy so much. The original SBW, Danie R. Offload in the tackle, sneaky pass, break advantage line. What a beast and let's not forget the classic wobblies the guy had after getting smashed in a couple tackles. Immense at lineout and as a utility forward. One of the unsung greats of SA rugby. Will this guy receive all my love too?

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-12 17:22

      Tomturd, Danie Rossouw offloading in the Tackle? Huh I think you're on too much oestrogen,, okes sold you crap stuff in the gym

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:54

      go watch some tapes bud, the oke was king at the SBW pass. cmon chaan dont be so dense boet i suppose u also think BM is not mercedes

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:55

      i dont buy stuff in the gym bud, i go to the vet. duh, cos im an animal, look at that body, i work ouuuttt

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-12 17:57

      Technically poached from the EC (Kingswood College is in Grahamstown) which is more of a Sharks stomping ground. Maties players come from all over - always made it fun to watch the rugger in the Neelsie as there was always mixed support!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-13 04:20

      @Tomturdis. Danie Rossouw passing the ball?? Are we talking about the same plonker that used to play for the Bulls? The same one that never passed and only ran half a step before either being smashed into the ground or falling over his own two feet?

  • Pieter - 2012-07-12 13:50

    Die lat was te sleg om plek by WP of Stormers te kry, nou wat maak hom nou so skielik 'n so 'n yster?

      rudi.v.wyk - 2012-07-12 14:36

      Hy is seker net so sleg soos JJ Engelbrecht, Johann Sadie, Schalk Brits, Josh Strauss, Francois Hougaard en Tim Whitehead

      Neutedop - 2012-07-12 15:14

      Rudi, Tim Whitehead is steeds useless, en Sadie maak nie eers die starting 15 by Bulls. Hulle was useless. Schalk is weg oor meer geld, Josh sou nie bo Duanne speelkans kry.

      steyts - 2012-07-12 15:20

      Net so neutedop!! Wou nou se dat al daai name uitgesluit Schalk Brits wat Rudi genoem het sou nie ons eerste span gehaal het nie so wat is die punt mense gaan aan oor hulle??? Sadie en Engelbrecht dalk oor 3 of 4 jaar...

      rudi.v.wyk - 2012-07-12 15:30

      Helfde van julle eerstespan haal nie eers die eerstespan nie omdat hulle heeltyd beseer is. Julle sit met die grootste talentpoel in SA rugby en julle moet no-names invlieg uit Kanada om te kom help

      Neutedop - 2012-07-12 16:00

      Rudi, so stel jy voor ons moes Sadie se R1milj offer match? Of Schalk se ponde? Ons het groot poel om uit te trek, maar kan darem nie almal teken nie. Mens kan net soveel ouens 'n kontrak gee. Die klubs probeer soveel moontlik uithelp - sommige klub spelers verdien R20 000 per maand, maar dis ook na 'n tyd nie meer goed genoeg nie. Iemand soos Hatting het by Maties kom swot, en nou kom hy skielik uit die WP strukture.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:23

      Did you actually say JJ Engelbrecht is useless? Your comment is invalid and void of any substance. You are the weakest link, tsek

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-12 16:42

      I guess they watched his games and saw him perform in the most competitive rugby competition in the world ? You think that could be it ?

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-12 13:50

    crouch. poach. . . . . pause . . . and sign!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:24

      sounds like a chicken giving birth into a pot of boiling water boet

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-13 04:22

      No tudis. That is the sound of the Bulls' "development system".

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 13:51

    Welcome to the home of Rugby

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 13:54

      Where the playoffs are a no go hahahahahaha

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 14:20

      At least we don't choke, like the stormers do

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-12 14:40

      You cant choke when there's nothing to choke on (no play-off) no choking.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 14:51

      @Bul played 11 last 11,thats worse my buddy

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 14:57

      typo-should read lost:):):)

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 15:13

      In 1997, the stormers did not even qualify!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 15:18

      What was it then Super 10???Only because limited amount of SA teams were allowed in. In 2002 when it was Super 12 you could not win one single game,now thats sad:):)

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 15:34

      No Currie cups for 10years 3 Currie cups in 21 years No super trophy ever! Choking in home semi finals, That's just deplorable!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 15:40 forgot to mention that we have played 11 and not lost 11 in one season:):)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 15:41

      Let's be honest, all unions go through highs and lows. If that was 2005-2010 for the Bulls, then that was it. The next cycle will come. No one union will dominate forever. Maybe this period is for the Stormers. Maybe they will realise bonus points are your friend and take down a Super title. But they won't dominate for long and it will be the Sharks' time. Or maybe the Cheetahs. The Crusaders had their run and it has ended. The best unions stay in the running year in and year out with the occasional slip up. No team is going to win every game and not every team that wins 90% of it's game is going to take the title. The Stormers have done very well this season and are the front runners of SA rugby but by no means have they shown much dominance or ability to tear a team apart ad well as the BMT of the Crusaders and Bulls and Blues of years past. Let's see what happens but I don't see them taking this title for a while.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 15:46

      @lionel,But still no trophies

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 15:50

      @Bul,what about the Vodacom cup and Conference cup:):)

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-12 16:43

      Lionel another face to foot master .. the aim of the competition is to win the final Lionel

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-13 04:24

      @maakdiestormerssharkslionscheetahsengriquasalmalbulle. Yesterday it was the "breeding ground of SA Rugby"? Now it is not the breeding ground but the home of rugby?? What happened there?

  • wimpie.grobler.7 - 2012-07-12 13:54 he will have to play dumb bull rugby !

  • julian.leverton.9 - 2012-07-12 14:09

    This is getting ridiculous. How many players do the Bulls need? Where is Butch headed to, I heard he was going back to the Sharks.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 15:23

      I think Butch will be surplus to requirements at the Sharks, I wish he would stay in Europe

  • henniepennie1 - 2012-07-12 14:37

    Thank goodness he's not joining the Kings!

  • Pietskiet - 2012-07-12 14:48

    Good luck Grant Hattingh The best thing I have heard today in stormland is from the only BEST storm player is the CAPTIAN JEAN DE VILLIERS is that the spectators should stop booing, I hope all south africans take note as well the SPRINGBOK supporters. Best that all SA teams reachbthe playoffs!:-)

  • pomene.stormer - 2012-07-12 14:52

    D Potgieter/J Potgieter/Stegmann/CJ/Arno Botha/Spies etc etc etc ?????????? Does not make sense but good luck Grant - may you be in line for higher honours soon !!!! Now I understand why they got rid of Adongo and why they made no effeort in securing Gerrit Jan van-Veldze

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 15:24

      CJ Stander is going to Ireland. I am going to miss him too. Should be starting in place of Mrs Spies

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 15:34

      I will give you a thumbs up for that comment I said yesterday to Bul,dont get to happy as it won't happen often.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:24

      boet your thumbs up anywhere around me is not gona make me excited - siff man

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-12 19:57

      +1 @tom

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-12 14:57

    Because the Bulls don’t have any home grown talent…shame!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 15:25

      Good comment mvw - well thought out. I'm sure every union is packed full of home grown talent. Could you name one stocked 100% with players born in that province?

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-12 21:58

      U13 u18 u19 varsity cup. Gee whizz are on mandrax. Help is only a phone call away. Help others to help you. Sterkte Craven

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-12 22:01


      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-12 22:03

      Mvw= mandrax-V8-wyn. Sorry I did my higher education in the Cape. Craven

  • Francois - 2012-07-12 14:58

    As per usual the Bulls spend their money on players developed by someone else and not spending it on developing their own players.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 15:25

      Which is quite a smart way of doing business

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-12 15:35

      i sometimes feel the urge to retaliate when reading brainless comments like the one by fransie. i then look at their facebook profiles, feel sorry for them and move on. howzit lionel the retard!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 15:43

      Pierre,welcome my buddy,thanks for the compliment dipstick

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-12 15:46

    This is why the Bulls are the only competition for the WP, its because they buy OUR players. Still we have 32 Currie Cup win to the Bull's 23, irrespective of in what ever era, in this era the Bulls just buy the players to get a win. How many of the bulls players comes from WP,Griekwas, SWD, Boland & PE all unions in the Province?

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-12 15:59

      who cares minora?

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 16:00

      Bulle wen 23 Curriebekers van af 1939,die wepe wen 23 van 1914 af

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-12 16:12

      @Eddie All the teams buy from different provinces Stormers Sharks Cheethas ect they call it business and there is nothing we can do to change it:-) Enjoy the rugby the weekend

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:13

      labia minora bud, how many province players come from western province boet? ja thought so, go back to sleep lightweight. in the external words of enrique clapton, before u cuse me take a look at yoself. helluva guy that

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-12 16:54

      Eddie, are you really this big of an idiot or are you just taking the p1ss ?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:11

      must be pulling the p*ss

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-12 17:48

      Please remember Eddie, you are not allowed to refer to past victories/cups!History must remain just that. -The law according to thr Stormers-

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:56

      ja boet stop living in the past. like before i could bench 200 now i can bench 250, why live in the past?

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-12 21:54

      Hi Laddie Magora, Bulls Won u13, u19 and are busy impressing at u18. Spell it b.r.e.a.d.i.n.g.g.r.o.u.n.d. I hope you are keeping well. Craven

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 22:25

      Craven Bud I've heard of breading cats But ain't never heard of no breading bulls

  • ruan.vanniekerk.754 - 2012-07-12 16:30

    Shame. Arme ou.

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-12 17:32

    al hoe die blou ape regkom is as om die ander spanne se spelers te koop, hulle jong ape is nie goed genoeggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-07-12 17:34

    My poor Lions team it just goes from bad to worse where is it going to end lions playing vodacom cup , such a mess at the lions since luyt left just been deteriorating since then

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-12 21:49

    You win three little super rugby trophies And bang! Enough cash to buy buy buy. Kaaching kaaching my Bulls are rollin' in dough. Craven

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-13 00:47

    Nogal snaaks hoe die deuntjie nou so skielik verander net 2dae terug was da n klomp bulle wat gese geen lion speler sal gekoop word deur die bulle nie of ander spanne nie want hul nie goed genoeg nie nou kom daar n klomp wat die speler goed praat praat van gemengde gevoelens

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-13 04:17

    The "breeding ground for SA Rugby" has just bought another player - fanta$$$$tic development plan you have there!!. Maak die Lions, Sharks, Cheetahs, Stormers, Griquas, Kings almal Bulle of hoe?.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 09:28

      Bud that is so weak

  • marchum.burger - 2012-07-13 06:50

    Unfortunately the Lions will upset this weekend, kicking the bull's out of the playoffs. This is what we do, we like to upset the apple cart and that is what you get when you take our players. Sorry for you!

  • raeez.omar.5 - 2012-07-13 12:40

    warm the bench with Jano my boy!.lol. Jokes. Good luck to Hattingh. Good talent

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