Vermaak targets Bok spot

2012-03-07 08:39

Cape Town - Bulls scrumhalf Jano Vermaak says he is a bit nervous ahead of his first Super Rugby start for his new franchise on Saturday against the Blues.

Vermaak will play in place of Francois Hougaard, who is suspended for one week after a tip tackle on Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn.

The 27-year-old Vermaak made his Super Rugby debut in 2006 for the Lions and has 63 Super appearances after he came on in the second half against the Cheetahs last week.

Vermaak told the Beeld newspaper he didn't expect to start a game so soon for the Bulls but is keen to use his opportunity.

He believes making the shift to Loftus Versfeld gives him a better chance at becoming a Springbok.

"To wear the No 9 jersey for the Bulls is a massive honour and responsibility. There were big names like Joost van der Westhuizen, Fourie du Preez and Hougie (Hougaard) who wore the jersey before me, so I have big shoes to fill. I'm looking forward to it and I'm a bit nervous.

"I hope to become a Bok here," said Vermaak.


  • Lionel - 2012-03-07 08:59

    You made a mistake by going to the Bulls Jano,if you had stayed at the Lions you would have been first choice scrummie............good luck though!!!!!!!!

      Ron - 2012-03-07 09:38

      Plus you would not have to wear that PINK jersey, what a panzY move by bulls.

      Juan - 2012-03-07 13:14

      @Lionel, agree 100% there. So keep on dreaming Jano as you wont lift Hougard.

  • Itumeleng - 2012-03-07 09:02

    Go Jano, do us proud. Tantalizing Super Rugby, can't wait!!!

  • Raeez - 2012-03-07 09:06

    Its gonna be tough tho. He first need to secure a 1st team place at The Bulls, but the way Hougaard is playing it seems impossible. And while he warms the bench guys like Duvenhage, Mcleod and Sarel only gets better...Shuda stayed a Lion Jano, but all the best. You still a quality Scrummy

  • Arthur - 2012-03-07 09:18

    Jano.a second or third choice scrummie at the bulls is still better as a first choice scrummie at the lions..hou by die blou

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-07 09:59

      @arthur- stem, slegste plek in hemel, is altyd ver beter as beste plek in hel.

  • Louis - 2012-03-07 09:51

    Ha ha, becoming a Bok but you will always be on the reserve bench. Already having the mentality of a pink bull

      Pierre - 2012-03-07 15:23

      Twat, excluding Hougaard, and Fourie du Preez, he is the best SA has. The Super season is very long. Anything might happen, and when a player leaves the Lions to be second choice at another union, it says something about the Lions.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-07 19:49

    That sounds right, Jano is a Bull which should automatically make him a Bok. Hougie, Fourie, Jano for Bok 9's

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