Richard Ferguson

Bulls sign Lions stalwart


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 Aug 2011 at 20:41
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The Bulls have landed what must be the signing of the year so far in Jano Vermaak, the influential Lions scrumhalf that has served the union so well over the last few years, being their stand out player season after season.

Vermaak will be joining the Blue Bulls after the completion of the Currie Cup competition and will represent his new team for the first time in Super Rugby next season.

Vermaak, who has been with the Lions since 2004, has signed a two year contract with the Loftus based side.


29 Comments

  • What a shame for Vermaak. He’s a running scrumhalf and now they’re going to brainwash him into the infamous hoof & hope gameplan.
    šŸ™„

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.11 21:12:01 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Jano stuck it out for a long time with the Lions. Maybe too long. I don’t think he’s ever played for the Boks. If so he must be one of the best SA players of the modern era never to have done so.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.11 21:15:05 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 2) : True, he’s a great little scrumhalf but joining the Bulls won’t do his natural running game any good. They just seem to brainwash the creativity out of their players. I would much rather recommend WP, Sharks or FS for a player like him.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.11 21:21:14 by CapeShark Reply
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  • As far as I know Jano has lived in Pretoria the whole time that he has played for the Lions and commuted everyday. In light of that this is not very surprising. The Bulls really need scrumhalf depth and this should be a good signing for the Bulls.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.11 21:28:49 by war1 Reply
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  • Come on Lions! How did they let this guy go? Too busy chasing other big names at other unions perhaps?

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.11 21:29:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : Great. So just when Gautrain offers to slash 2 and a half hours out of his daily travel time, he decides that he no longer wants to cross the Jukskei twice a day šŸ™ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.11 22:05:50 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : Ha ha, too true. Talking about awkward timing, Jano will be playing against his future employers this weekend. Should be interesting.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.11 22:21:09 by war1 Reply
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  • Oops, it seems like the Lions will drop Vermaak from their 22 this weekend. Apparently they are shocked that he has decided to sign for the Bulls because he promised not to negotiate with other unions until the end of the Currie cup.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.11 22:32:55 by war1 Reply
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  • And what do we have here? Lions back at the bottom of the Food Chain!

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.11 23:04:12 by Ben Reply
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  • Has Francois Hougaard signed a new contract with the Bulls yet or might he still go back to WP?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.08.11 00:44:11 by Ben Reply
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  • Stopped next to Jano at a robot this past Sunday, he was in Nelspruit for some reason

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.08.11 01:50:50 by G West Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : I was also wondering that

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.08.11 06:21:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 2) :

    sarel pretorius ?

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.08.11 06:53:19 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Here we go again šŸ™ šŸ™„ šŸ˜Æ šŸ˜•

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.08.11 06:58:14 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Sad sad indeed for the Lions but now at least he will play for the boks

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.08.11 07:00:34 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 15) : he’s not good enough to play for the Boks… changing jerseys isn’t going to change that fact

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.08.11 07:03:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Have you ever met a Bulls player not playing for the Boks

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.08.11 07:22:52 by Mutley Reply
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  • The Bulls’2012 backline in scary.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.08.11 07:48:02 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @Mutley (Comment 17) : also true šŸ™

    Maybe when Alister Coetzee is appointed Bok coach, all that will change?

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.08.11 07:50:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 18) : with Morne Steyn at flyhalf, it’s scarily BAD šŸ™‚

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.08.11 07:52:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Vermaak, Sadie…are the Bulls worried about life after their established Boks? Judging by Saturday’s thumping by WP they need some forwards too…

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.08.11 07:55:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • now, the bulls need dynamic five eigths and their backline will be cooking.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.08.11 08:19:46 by Megatron Reply

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  • Maybe the Bulls are after Jannie and Bismark. They are sneaky that way

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.08.11 08:24:58 by Mutley Reply
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  • Why would Vermaak want to go to the Bulls to warm the bench for Hougard?

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.08.11 08:44:07 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 24) : suoer rugby 2011 season has shown that one cannot survive just playing one guy in one position. this is why we have fatigue and injury issues – dries bekker. the quicker some here realise what SANZAR has done the better.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.08.11 08:55:31 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 25) : That is true but my point is that he is going from first choice at the Lions to second choice at the Bulls.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.08.11 14:11:15 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 26) : so? that is no big deal. look at a guy like khan fotuali’i, he played around the same amount of minutes as andy ellis, albeit from the bench, but his contribution to the team was immense. remember @ twickenhanm? ellis got injured and kahn had to bring the ship home under immense pressure from the sharks.

    now imagine if the bulls lose hougaard in a “tight” match like that, you think dustin jinka or ruan snyman will cut it?

    part of the negotiations surely should include discussions on possible playing minutes before ink is applied to paper, that is the professional way.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.08.11 14:16:37 by Megatron Reply

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  • Guy…sad to see you go but no one can hold it against you…

    You were loyal and move is not always bad…

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.08.11 23:19:34 by Hmmm Reply

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  • However…you needed to be more transparent with Mitch when he asked you…you might have still been playing till the end of the season then…

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.08.11 23:20:23 by Hmmm Reply

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