Visser: I didn’t set out to score tries

Guinness PRO12 Editor

19 Jun 2012


Edinburgh wing Tim Visser insists that scoring tries was not his primary focus on Scotland debut in Fiji, despite touching down twice in a 37-25 win in Lautoka.

The wing seamlessly transferred his RaboDirect PRO12 try-scoring exploits, which saw him end the season with 13 league tries, into the Test arena helping the Scots to a second summer-tour win.

His two tries, a penalty try and one from Edinburgh-teammate Grieg Laidlaw, who also hit seven successful goal kicks, mean Scotland will end their summer travels unbeaten if they overcome Samoa in Apia on Saturday.

But the 25-year-old, of Dutch origin, is adamant that contributing to all parts of Scotland's game was what mattered to him most in donning the dark-blue Scottish jersey for the first time.

“From a personal perspective it was good to get two tries but it wasn’t one of my goals, I just wanted to have a consistent game, which I think I did,” said Visser.

“It was a good start and getting back to winning ways with Scotland was brilliant.

“Being able to play against Fiji out here was brilliant for me because it meant there was a little less pressure than having to be in front of 65,000 at Murrayfield which was good.

“Samoa are a good side, we saw them play against Fiji last week – it was a fierce physical battle.

“In terms of a difference with Fiji I think they are a bit more strategical and they tend to kick a little bit and try and play in the right areas of the field which Fiji absolutely didn’t try and do.”