Tim Visser is getting ready to play in "the biggest game of my life" in the opening Heinekne Cup quarter-final for Edinburgh Rugby against four-times champions Toulouse at Murrayfield this weekend.
The 'Flying Dutchman' has been central to Edinburgh's success in reaching their first home quarter-final this season and forms a potent back three attacking force with Lee Jones and Tom Brown. Visser scored four tries in the six Pool matches, Jones three, including the vital bonus point try that earned them top spot in the Pool, and Brown one.
The tries from the talented back three accounted for almost half of the 17 scored by Edinburgh in their march to a home quarter-final and more of the same will be required if they are to reach the unchartered waters of a semi-final.
"We like to score tries in the back three and we know we need to do that to win. But there are other areas in the side where tries can come from," said Visser.
"David Denton certainly knows his way to the line and centres Matt Scott and Nick de Luca are also regular scorers. But, more importantly, we need to stop Toulouse scoring tries because they are one of the best counter attacking teams around.
"Toulouse are always hugely competitive in the Heineken Cup and they know how to win it. They are one of the biggest teams in the world, so it is going to be very challenging.
"It will be the biggest game I have played in and it is a big day for the club and the whole city of Edinburgh. To have a team representing them in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup is massive.
"It will be one of the biggest crowds I've ever played in front of, especially here in Edinburgh, and it will be amazing to have that many fans backing us."
Visser has seen his wing partner Jones step up onto the international stage this season, but he still has to wait until later this year before he qualifies under residency to play for Scotland. But this game has given him something to work towards while his team mates have been away on RBS 6 Nations duty.
As for Jones, he got a taste of what the French can do when he met them at Murrayfield in the 6 Nations. France ran out 23-17 winners that day, with a side containing six Toulouse players, although Jones had the consolation of scoring his first Test try.
"We all know it's not going to be the standard sort of league game we play week in, week out. Toulouse are a quality side with world-class players and we know it is going to be a step up," said Jones.
"If our set-piece goes well, if we can win ball and if we can play with tempo, then I think we can be a match for anybody. We are at our best when we control the pace of the game
"Winning our first Pool game at London Irish gave us the confidence to go on and play for the full 80 minutes in the next couple of games and we managed to win them as well. It has just built game on game."
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