Ospreys wary of Edinburgh threat from this man - Tim Visser
THE Ospreys are on alert for the visit of the most dangerous finisher in the Pro12 league over the past four seasons.
Tim Visser has finished top of the competition’s try chart every year since he joined Edinburgh in 2009.
The 6ft 4in, 17st 4lb giant from Zeewolde in the Netherlands will face the Ospreys in Swansea on Saturday night, needing one more try to complete a personal half-century, and the former Pro12 champions accept he will need to be closely marked.
“Tim Visser’s record in the league in the past few years stands up to anything,” said assistant coach Gruff Rees.
“In the past, Edinburgh have built a game-plan around him and tried to get him on the ball in so many different attacking positions.
“He finishes regularly every season with total consistency.”
The threat that will be heading the Ospreys’ way out wide is double-headed, with a familiar face expected to be in Edinburgh’s line-up in the shape of Nikki Walker, back in Scotland via Worcester after his spell at the Liberty.
Walker is another flyer who knows his way across the whitewash.
“He was a really good Osprey and we know him as a great professional who always looks for work,” said Rees.
“Whatever game Edinburgh are trying to develop, they have two wings there who will challenge us in different ways.
“Someone pointed out to me the other day that they had the second and fourth all-time highest try scorers in the league, so there’s really good firepower there.”
It would be a surprise if the Ospreys did come unstuck, especially with their Lions set to return, but Edinburgh opened their account by beating the Dragons last week and are nobody’s fools.
“We are wary of them,” added Rees.
“They are developing a toughness which will make them a tighter side defensively at the Liberty this week.
“We’ve been burned in the past playing them, so we are not taking anything for granted.
“We feel we have to hammer home a couple of satisfying results, starting at the Liberty this weekend.”
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