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Points race: Tim Visser eyes up more tries as Treviso come to town

The Edinburgh winger is a Dutch of class as he leads the way in the PRO12 try-scoring table.

Edinburgh's Tim Visser tackled by James Downey of Munster.
Edinburgh's Tim Visser tackled by James Downey of Munster.
Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

YOU MAY NOT find too many rugby scouts in the town of Zeewolde in The Netherlands but, given the stunning exploits of Tim Visser, it may not be a wasted journey.

The 25-year-old has scored 50 tries in 79 games since signing for Edinburgh Rugby in 2009 and became a fully-fledged member of the Scottish national side this June after becoming eligible to play for his adopted country.

Typically for Visser, he ran in two tries on his international debut as Scotland beat Fiji 37-25.

He has finished the past three Pro12 seasons as the leading try scorer and he currently leads the way with seven tries from the opening five matches.

He crossed over for a brace against Zebre last month and will be relishing the Saturday arrival, at Murrayfield, of Benetton Treviso.

Andrew Fenby and George North of Scarlets are both on five tries and will fancy more with a home tie against Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday evening.

Kicking kings

Ian Keatley of Munster still leads the overall points race with 54 but he is on the bench for Saturday’s game against Leinster.

Tom Prydie of Dragons is four points back on 50, with Greig Laidlaw in third on 41 points.

Ian Madigan of Leinster added six points to his season’s tally in the 34-6 defeat against Connacht last weekend. He starts at fullback in the inter-pro clash at the Aviva on Saturday.

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson had five conversions and a penalty against Cardiff Blues last Friday and is up to 36 points. He will hope to add to it with Connacht in Belfast on Friday.

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