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Visser shows scoring instinct to pass latest test

When Tim Visser topped the Magners League scoring charts in his first season with Edinburgh, questions were raised about whether the winger would be able to emulate that form in the following campaign.

He matched that feat only for his relative failure in the Heineken Cup to be noted.

He then answered those critics by scoring four tries in Edinburgh's breakthrough season in that competition as he finished the 2011/12 campaign as the top try-scorer in professional rugby, with his capacity to step up to international level with Scotland the next test for the Dutch-born player.

He came into a side that had been toothless for years and showed he had brought his club form with him, registering two tries on his Test debut against Fiji. However, the calibre of that opposition was then queried.

Visser's two tries against the best team in the world yesterday have made him the first Scotland internationalist to score twice against New Zealand in a match in the professional era – Doddie Weir the last to do so – so there can no longer be any doubt about his entitlement to be considered among world rugby's finest finishers.

Visser has never hidden his love of the limelight when it comes to getting on the score-sheet, but has always recognised that as a winger he is dependent on the efforts of others. That was made evident in his assessment of his performance against the All Blacks.

"To take my form on to the international stage against the world champions is brilliant. They weren't the best tries but I'll take them," he said. "I don't think they're my trademark kind of tries, but I just seemed to be in the right place at the right time living on other people's success really. The first one Matt [Scott] gets an intercept and luckily hasn't got the legs to finish it off and I'm there.

"The second one Greig Laidlaw does some great counter-rucking and Mike Blair pops the ball and I only had to go 10 metres. I'll take them but I don't think it's what I really can do."

However, he offered some insight into what it takes to have that poacher's quality. "As soon as someone makes a break I'm always on his shoulder and if I keep putting myself in the positions then hopefully the tries will keep coming," said Visser.

"It's just enthusiasm. As soon as anyone makes a half break I'll be there and it's at those moments that I really, really shine and really switch on. Around the pitch I just look and see where the opportunities are and if anyone's going to take them. If they do I'm always pretty close to it and right on the shoulder."

Visser knows that his capacity to get there as often as he does is a form of encouragement to his team-mates. Scotland will need that if they to generate the points required to win more Tests.

"A few other players around the camp, and around the Edinburgh camp, have had a look at it and have started doing it and if everyone does it then more opportunities will get finished off," he said.

However, there are other aspects of his game that require work and his failure to bring down Julian Savea ahead of the first of the New Zealand player's tries was just one of a number of poor pieces of defending by Scotland.

"For anyone to put 50 points past us is disappointing and that's something we've got to address that immediately looking ahead to South Africa," said Visser. "From our perspective scoring tries and getting points is brilliant and it's something we can work from. We need to look at the details now, the little things we did wrong which put a lot of pressure on us. The turnovers were vital in this game.

"You can expect a lot of physicality from these guys and at times we fronted up and at times we didn't and that's what let us down.

"New Zealand are the world champions so although the scoreline was very big we have to take some positives from it and there are a lot of positives. If we can contain other teams and keep doing that then we'll be in with a shot most games."

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