Edinburgh winger Tim Visser is expecting a similar level of expectation on his shoulders for Scotland this weekend as he gets when plying his trade in the RaboDirect PRO12 – and he’s relishing it.
Topping the try-scoring charts in the Celtic League for the last two seasons means Visser is expected to be something of a Scotland saviour despite being a fresh face for Andy Robinson’s side.
Having only completed the three years required to gain Scottish residency in the summer Visser’s experience far from matches up to that lofty status.
Two tries on debut against Fiji and a scoreless outing against Samoa are his only two caps to date ahead of this weekend’s clash with New Zealand.
Visser is far from afraid of the challenge of facing the world champions but is adamant he’ll be unable to recreate his RaboDirect PRO12 form without some quality service.
“There certainly is (expectation),” he told the Scotsman. “I wouldn’t say I enjoy it, but I’m content with it. It comes with the track record and it would be silly for me to say that it shouldn’t be there, so I’ve got to take it as it is.
“It’s obvious because of what’s happened in the past but if I’m to live up to it I can’t score tries if we’re not playing the game that I need to score tries. I’m not a saviour and I can’t just score tries from anything. I live off what other people do. It all comes from a very complete team [performance].
“I believe in my own ability. Obviously, what I’ve been doing has been working for the past couple of years, otherwise I wouldn’t be here, so I’m just trying to continue that on the international stage.
“Being able to slip onto the radar on the summer tour in the Pacific was easier than playing in front of a sell-out crowd here at Murrayfield, but, at the same time, these sorts of games really get you going and I traditionally seem to perform in the bigger games so, hopefully, that will come into play on Sunday.
“The pressure of playing the All Blacks is there, but it’s on the whole team and the good thing about team sport is that you can share it with the rest of the boys.”