Edinburgh winger Tim Visser is raring to go ahead of the 1872 Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 21/12/12 7:27am
Free-scoring Tim Visser believes Edinburgh have finally turned the corner after a stuttering start to the season.
Hopes were high at Edinburgh for the campaign after they reached the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup last season - becoming the first Scottish club to ever achieve the feat.
However things haven't quite gone to plan for the Murrayfield side, though, with four straight defeats in the Heineken Cup.
The form in the RaboDirect PRO12 had been just as disappointed until back-to-back wins lifted them up the standings.
And going into the 1872 Cup double-header with the Glasgow Warriors, Visser believes Edinburgh need to build on these.
"We've not been able to replicate the same success in the Heineken Cup this year," Visser told Sky Sports. "Not only is it very disappointing, it also means that we have to concentrate just on the league.
"We've won our last two games, though, and that has helped lift us up the standings but the next two games are vitally important to our chances. We have to really make a statement.
"At the start of the season we just weren't good enough. We didn't have any consistency and we were making far too many mistakes. However, we've taken ownership of the situation as a playing group and it seems that we have moved on, especially with those wins.
"Those results were very pleasing, especially winning without our internationals against the Ospreys, while going away and winning at Connacht shouldn't just be dismissed.
"It is a really tough place to go. I've never won there before as a player and if you look back at the results everyone will tend to struggle at their place."
Edinburgh will tackle Glasgow at Scotstoun on Friday, before heading to Murrayfield for the return fixture on Saturday December 29.
And Visser added: "Glasgow are a good side but they aren't great. They haven't played well in recent weeks.
"It is a local derby though and it is easy to get yourself up for it. We will be motivated and victory will bring a massive reward for us."
While Edinburgh's form has been hit-and-miss, Visser has been as deadly as ever - with the winger already clear at the top of the try-scoring charts.
The 25-year-old has finished top in his previous three seasons in the PRO12 - with 10, a record-breaking 14 and then 13 tries - and his tally of 10 this time around means he is closing in on a new milestone.
Visser, who moved to capital club from Newcastle in 2009, said: "Being the top scorer wasn't a goal of mine at the start of the season. I'd done it for the past three years so hadn't really thought about it this time around.
"I've obviously wanted to keep scoring tries and they do keep on coming so I'm really happy and proud that I'm now top of the try-scoring charts again.
"However, what I really want is to become the first player to get to 50. I am only three tries away so I should get there. "
As well as his exploits for Edinburgh, Visser has gone on to score four times in five appearances for Scotland after the Dutch-born winger qualified for the side under the IRB residency ruling in the summer.
"It has been a massive breakthrough year for me and to be able to replicate my try-scoring form on the international stage has been superb," added Visser. "It has taken the pressure off of me as there was criticism that I wouldn't be able to do it."
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