Sep Visser proved he had lost none of his try-scoring knack when coming off the bench to seal a vital 22-16 Boroughmuir home win over the only team below them in the BT Premiership, Edinburgh Accies.
The 23-year-old former Edinburgh winger, who has re-signed after a stint at English Championship club Tynedale, is used to running in scores from long range. But although his latest strike was from a distance of a few feet up the blindside of a ruck, Visser wasn’t complaining as it opened up daylight between the sides even without the conversion points.
“It was a bit of a lucky try. The forwards deserved all the credit and I did the easy work,” said Dutchman Visser who scored nine tries in ten outings for Tynedale. “My girlfriend is in Edinburgh and I managed to find a job in recruitment here so things have worked out well.
“The big difference against Accies was the way we started the second half to come from behind and put them under pressure. In the end we were happy to get three tries although a further one for a bonus would have been nice.
“With (champions) Melrose at home next week though we will have to step things up again.”
Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison was struck by the enthusiasm shown by Visser. “Sep is going to be a real asset. His arrival has given us a bit of a lift at a time when we still have a few players out injured.”
Accies at least didn’t finish empty handed and the losing bonus point was well deserved if mainly for the penetration shown by Chris Dean at centre and the organisational abilities of stand off Alex Glashan while scrum half Jamie Munro was also a livewire. Twice Dean came thundering through the middle and Aitchison admitted some scrambled defence to contain the Edinburgh professional apprentice was a key moment.
“When Chris Dean gets a chance he is gone, out of sight. I thought he was going to do real damage in one first-half move but he gave the ball to someone and we got back and clear.
“The good thing about this win is that when we went three points down we kept applying pressure and didn’t resort to changing tack. We were playing in right areas of the pitch.”
The scrum was Boroughmuir’s dominant weapon and it was from a set piece that Ian Moody picked up and smuggled the ball to Andy Rose for an opening try which put them 7-3 in front before Glashan added another couple of penalties. Chris Laidlaw restored ’Muir’s lead with a penalty but the best was still to come from the stand off after Glashan had ghosted between two defenders for a touchdown he also converted. Taking possession 20 metres out Laidlaw sidestepped off both feet to go in near the posts.
Said Aitchison: “Chris joined us from Jed-Forest and looking at videos of their matches last season it was noticeable how often he was able to do exactly that albeit in more time and space afforded by the lower league. He’s now a few games back from injury and his confidence is growing. Even with Jonny Adams, Simon Berghan and Adam Best all hurt at various stages we still kept going which was pleasing.”
There was also a blow to Edinburgh pro and former unused Scotland replacement Stuart McInally and for a spell things looked bad as he limped off on his comeback game in a new position of hooker shortly before Visser’s decisive try.
Later, McInally re-appeared on the touchline and Aitchison reported that any initial fears appeared to have subsided.
“Stuart seemed to be suffering nothing more than a bit of joint ache. While he was on the pitch, though, the work he put in was outrageously good.
“In addition to a number of superb tackles he had three or four great tackles and we are looking forward to him being available again for us if not needed by Edinburgh.”
Cal Davies came on at hooker and both he and Accies counterpart Michael Liness managed notable contributions but ultimately this was the fifth time the visitors had missed out by a single score margin and they are now five points adrift at the foot.
Boroughmuir: Tries: Rose, Laidlaw, Visser. Conversions: Laidlaw (2). Penalty: Laidlaw.
Edinburgh Accies: Try: Glashan. Conversion: Glashan. Penalties: Glashan (3).
Teams: Boroughmuir: T Brown, G McConnell, J Edmunds, M Clapperton, E Farquharson, C Laidlaw, J Adams, R Wilson, S McInally, S Bergham, W Kay, A Best, A Rose (captain), I Moody, M Entwhistle. Subs: C Davies, A Wallace, T Sutton, J Hamilton, S Visser.
Edinburgh Accies: R Young, S Pecqueur, C Dean, J Marples, N Armstrong, A Glashan, J Munro, J Pierce, M Liness, L Niven, G Campbell (captain), R Seydak, J Winks, J Sole, C Snape. Subs. C Balck, L Launders, A Toolis, I Berthinussen, R Godsmark.
Referee: G Wells.