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Visser ignores landmark to focus on tough road ahead

Tim Visser may have past another personal landmark when he joined Tommy Bowe at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12 all-time try-scorer's list but the Scotland winger was still left utterly dejected as he assessed Edinburgh's derby performances.

His 48th try in the domestic league offered the men from the capital a late chance to steal a win over Glasgow Warriors that Michael Bradley, their coach, later admitted would have been ridiculous in the context of the match. He also admitted to being worried as well as frustrated by his team's efforts, and their game management in particular, after losing both festive derbies.

The head coach did hold firm to his view that Edinburgh are better than they have shown themselves to be, although Visser did not feel even that was valid.

"We don't have anything to back us up as we did last year with the Heineken," he said of being rooted in the bottom half of the Pro12 table once again. "There is no point in saying 'we are better that this' because, at the moment, we're not. We need to really concentrate on becoming better players and also, in terms of decision-making, what we do on the pitch. There were a lot of scrappy decisions and mistakes that have put us in really tough positions.

"That is the overriding thing at moment because there is nothing we can fall back on. We have to go for the league because that is the only thing we can concentrate on just now."

In that context, Visser was dismissive of the importance of his try which, like that of clubmate Roddy Grant, came in the final quarter after Glasgow had taken control with first-half touchdowns from Ruaridh Jackson and Sean Maitland. A third early in the second from Henry Pyrgos gave them an unassailable 21-3 advantage.

"With an outcome like that, I could not be less bothered, to be honest," said Visser of his landmark try. "It is a great achievement but it is overshadowed by where we are as a team. Had we been doing better I could have celebrated and it would have been a great occasion but, at the moment, we have to look at where we are. I would rather win games than break records.

"If we had won, I probably could have been proud of it but it honestly doesn't give me any joy at the moment. There is no point in celebrating in any way . . . there is no point in celebrating tries or records or anything else on the side, because all we want to do is win and that is what we are concentrating on."

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