Sat, 08 May 2021

  • Dutch-born Scotland winger Tim Visser, who featured for his adopted nation from 2012 to 2017, talks about his battles with the Springboks and what they will face against the Lions.
  • The ex-Edinburgh outside back looks ahead to the introduction of the four South African franchises in the PRO16 and how long it will take before they become a dominant force.
  • He also shares his views on why he feels the game has gone soft and how World Rugby is to blame for taking judgement calls away from referees in the modern professional era.

Tim Visser: I faced the Springboks on two occasions and the match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Newcastle was a weird one because with 20 minutes to go we were still in a position to win it. Beating the Springboks would have been a fantastic feat and would also have meant a completely different quarter-final draw for us. We ended up playing Australia in that fateful match at Twickenham with the awkward refereeing decision. In 2015, I thought we were much more dominant than we had ever been against the Springboks. The only other time I played against the men in green and gold was three years earlier at Murrayfield in the autumn and we got completely physically outmuscled. I think the Springboks have always had the skill (to play a ball-in-hand game) but they just chose to play really physically and confrontationally which I guess is ingrained in their psyche in South Africa. They want to be known as big, physical men. However, as the game has progressed almost every team in the world has become huge and physical. That development probably spurred the Boks on to have a look at themselves and come up with a unique selling point.

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Source: News24

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