Having swept all before him in the Magners League since joining Edinburgh in the summer of 2009, Tim Visser today excelled on the international stage, scoring a sensational double on his Barbarians debut as the invitational side completed a comeback victory over England at Twickenham.
It was the perfect way for the winger to celebrate his 24th birthday and to complete a season that has seen him break the record for the most individual tries in a Magners League campaign, win a place in the competition’s Dream Team for the second year in a row, and make the shortlist for the tournament Players’ Player of the Season.
Vissser, sporting his Edinburgh socks, was part of a stellar backline that featured such talents as Benoit Baby, Mathieu Bastareaud, Frederic Michalak and Ruan Pienaar, and this combined class duly told in the second half as the Baa Baas turned around a 10-point interval deficit to win 38-32.
Visser’s first score was his team’s third, and gave them the impetus to push on for victory. Tries from George Smith and Joe van Niekerk followed, before England nudged back in front again.
But that man Visser was on hand to provide the afternoon’s last try and complete a fantastic turnaournd in the final minute.
He told www.edinburghrugby.org: “It was a fantastic feeling just to be selected for a side as prestigious as the Barbarians, so to come away with such a great result from both a team and personal point of view is absolutely brilliant.
“We had to hang tough, because England really went at us in that first half and then again when we’d got ourselves in front, but the spirit had been great in our camp all week and that showed in the way we played.
“I’m thrilled to have scored a couple of tries, and proud to have helped the team win against such quality opposition.”
Visser recently delighted the Edinburgh support by committing the prime years of his career to the club through a contract extension.
His next involvement with the capital side is likely to come in the pre-season friendlies against Sale Sharks at Edgeley Park (Friday 19 August, kick-off 7.45pm) and Newcastle Falcons at Murrayfield on Friday 26 August (kick-off 7.30pm).
The Murrayfield clash will see the first outing of a series of exciting new measures aimed at improving fans’ match-day experience at the stadium.