By BILL LOTHIANTIM VISSER has been responsible for whatever shafts of light are percolating Edinburgh Rugby’s winless start to the season with four tries from three starts.And the flying Dutch winger – he would be available for Scotland on residency in two years time – is offering further cause for optimism today by revealing there is additional talent in the family with “more skilled” brother Sep already on Edinburgh’s radar.
Currently turning out for Northumberland side Tynedale, and occasionally Newcastle Falcons 2nds, the 19-year-old Sep Visser has been visiting Murrayfield for training sessions.
“My brother has been training with us a little bit and (coach) Rob Moffat keeps following his progress,” said 23-year-old Tim, last year’s Magners League top try scorer and ‘young player of the year’. “He was here last Christmas and again during the summer and I think the best is still to come from him.
“As well as playing for Tynedale he helped Newcastle 2nds beat Leicester 2nds recently although he is not on any contract. I think he is a little bit more skilled than me with his ability to play centre or full back and physically he is almost as tall as I am (Tim Visser stands six feet four tall and weighs 17 stone).
“As soon as he starts to widen, Sep will go close to the professional contract I know he is keen on. At the moment, Sep has just started a university course but he might well be tempted to set that aside if a chance to play professional rugby arose.
“Whenever he has been at Edinburgh he spent a lot of time with the team and he certainly impressed me. I hope if he goes anywhere it is Edinburgh; it would be good to have another set of brothers at the club.”
The prospect of a second finisher of the type that had commentators drooling when the elder Visser ran in a solo try from near halfway after taking a pass from Phil Godman during last week’s defeat in Ulster is one that must excite the long suffering Capital faithful.
Tim, who is already just one short of last season’s unprecedented try total, acknowledged the start to the present campaign has been bitter-sweet as an opportunity to get off the mark looms at home to Leinster on Friday.
“It’s been a great personal start for me and there have been individual highlights including Phil Godman’s pinpoint-accurate cross kick for my try against Munster, but the overall start has been putting a dampener on my fun.