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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Visser seeks cup boost

Tim Visser insists Edinburgh will now concentrate on league form

Scotland wing Tim Visser hopes a successful 1872 Cup campaign for Edinburgh against Glasgow Warriors can kick-start the capital club's season.

Out of Europe with two matches remaining in the pool stages, last season's Heineken Cup semi-finalists know two wins over local rivals Glasgow would elevate them above the Warriors in the table.

"It's now a vital part of our season, especially now we're out of the Heineken Cup," said Visser, who is one score short of equalling the all-time RaboDirect PRO12 try-scoring record of 48 in what will be his 65th appearance. "Picking up two wins in the Rabo in the last two games has pushed us a little bit up the table."

He added: "Being able to pick up two wins would be incredible. It would put us in a very good position going forward in the league and it would be good to finally get my hands on the cup for once."

Edinburgh have won their last two RaboDirect PRO12 matches, but are without a point from four Heineken Cup fixtures in a tough pool and lost 15-3 at home to Racing Metro last Friday.

Visser said: "The intensity in these games always racks up a bit. That's how it works with derbies, it gets personal.

"It's always been feisty over the last couple of years. What better game to pick up points than the two we've got now."

Visser also hopes, should he be included in Scott Johnson's RBS 6 Nations squad, to be able to brag about victory.

"Ryan Grant and Al Kellock never let you hear the end of it," Visser said of Glasgow prop Grant and their captain Kellock.

"That's why it's personal. We've got to go with these guys in the Six Nations, hopefully if I'm in the squad. We won't hear the end of it if we don't win it. It would be good to finally get one over on them and be able to reciprocate."

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