Visser: Double against All Blacks means nothing in defeat

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Nov 2012


Edinburgh’s flying wing Tim Visser admits his international double against world champions New Zealand at the weekend was ruined by Scotland’s inability to convert it into a win.

The 25-year-old made his home debut for Andy Robinson’s side and took his RaboDirect PRO12 form on to the biggest stage of all – notching two tries in the 51-22 defeat.

He became the first Scotsman to score two against New Zealand since Doddie Weir in 1995, but despite his personal milestone he was disappointed it did not contribute to an historic win.

The Dutch-born star, who also scored twice in his debut Test against Fiji in the summer, was joined on the scoresheet by Edinburgh teammate Geoff Cross but six tries from the All Blacks saw them stretch their unbeaten Test record against Scotland to 29 games.

“To take my form on to the international stage and score against the world champions is great,” said Visser.

“I don’t think they were my trademark tries – I just seemed to be in the right place at the right time – but I’ll take them.

“Scoring tries and getting points on the board is brilliant and that is definitely something we can work on; it’s just that little things went wrong and they put pressure on us, and the turnovers were vital.

“But for anyone to put 50 points past us is disappointing and that is something we have to address immediately going into the South Africa game now.

“But New Zealand are the world champions and, although the scoreline was really big, we have to take positives from it.

“The try we scored before half-time, after one was first disallowed, showed that we are able to convert situations into points. If we can contain other teams and keep scoring like that then we’ll be in with a shot most games.”