Lions punish Jano

August 3, 2011
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The Golden Lions had no idea of scrumhalf Jano Vermaak’s plans to move across the Jukskei River to join their rivals, the Blue Bulls.


The Blue Bulls on Tuesday announced that Vermaak will be joining them after this year’s Currie Cup on a two-year contract.

According to the Beeld newspaper, the Lions have subsequently decided not to include Vermaak in their 22-man squad to take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Lions coach John Mitchell will announce his squad for the game on Wednesday.

Vermaak apparently gave the Lions the assurance that he would not negotiate with any other unions before the end of the Currie Cup season.

Vermaak’s dishonesty has thus prompted the Lions not to include the scrumhalf, rather opting to build for the future.

Michael Bondesio will play at No 9 in Vermaak’s place, while the young Rudy Page is expected to be included as the reserve scrumhalf.

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  1. avatar namboer says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:37 am

    If he is indeed left out, it would be rather poor of Mitchell and the Lions.

  2. avatar Kevin_rack says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Is the end of the Lions in the S15? Jano is underated and will be missed.

  3. avatar Aldo says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    So if the Lions are not gonna play him, can he not maybe come plkay on some loan agreement at the Bulls. We are in desperate need of a proper 9. Jinka just does not cut it. A couple of years ago vermaak also didnt, he thought of himself as a try scorer and forgot his primary role, the lions subsequently lost a lot of ball at ruck time. But he has sorted that out and hopefully will give us good options.

    Now to get a 4 lock, with flippie out injured, cos mabeta has the heart, just wish he had the grunt to back it up.

  4. avatar Kat says:
    August 3rd, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    If I was the coach I would dump Jano entirely. Why develop a player for the Bulls? Rather develop what you know will be available in 2012.

    The Lions obviously need to fix this gap. Bondesio is an unknown. Kockott is gone. Page is on-off-on-off. Lions sagging deeper and deeper into the mud.

    Where is the new equity partner Mr De Klerk? Please show us. When this money source comes on-board will there be anything left to buy? The way the Bulls buy at present the answer must be “no” … AGAIN.

    Nee donner, hierdie lot is hopeloos.

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