Hungry Visser wants more

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:57

After starting his Test career with a brace of tries against Fiji, Scotland speedster Tim Visser is braced for a physical test against Samoa this weekend.

The Edinburgh wing came into the starting line-up in place of Joe Ansboro who sustained a headwound in a collision with Alasdair Strokosch whilst celebrating the victory over Australia in Newcastle, and he took his opportunity well by running in two tries.

The prolific Visser said that while it was exciting to get over the whitewash twice in his first Test match, he knows that he will have to perform to a consistently high standard if he is going to make it at the highest level and is keen to make a big impression against Samoa this weekend.

"It was good to get two tries.  It wasn't one of my goals to be honest. I just wanted to have a consistent game which I think I did.

"Having not played since the end of the season with Edinburgh it was good to get a game under my belt. Hopefully I can show a bit more against Samoa if selected,” he said.

The speed merchant said that it was nice to make his Test debut in a relatively low-profile location as it removed much of the pressure to perform, which allowed him to express himself in the 37-25 victory.

"I think there is a lot more pressure if you are representing your country which is the big difference. In terms of the actual experience it was quite a bit different from playing in front of my home crowd at Murrayfield.

"Being able to play out here in Fiji was brilliant for me for my first cap, it meant that there was a little less pressure than having to be out in front of 65 000 people at Murrayfield," he said.

Samoa will be full of confidence after beating Japan to win the Pacific Nations Cup, and Visser said that the Scots are expecting a big step-up in physicality this weekend.

"They [Samoa] are a good side, we saw them play against Fiji last week and it was a physical battle. You saw what they can bring to games like that.

"In terms of their differences with Fiji I think they are more strategic, they tend to kick a little bit and try to play in the right areas of the field," he explained.

Visser said that the presence of so many Europe-based players in the Samoan side would give them a more rounded game which means that they will present a different type of challenge to Fiji.

"It will be a bit more like playing on of the nations back home. In terms of Island rugby they do like to throw the ball around but there will be some influence from the players that play in Europe and I think that is probably a good thing for them in terms of managing the game," he said.