Edinburgh coach defends decision to rest Tim Visser

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Coach Alan Solomons has defended his decision to omit top strike runner Tim Visser from an eventual 6-16 defeat by Glasgow.

It was a call that looked to have backfired when Edinburgh Rugby conceded the only try up Visser’s wing through a missed tackle.

But while Visser was not included in a list of injuries given prior to the derby, Solomons said: “Tim had played five games on the bounce. He had been feeling his hamstring a little bit and his back was worrying him a little bit.” In fact, Andries Strauss, who, unlike Visser, is not Scots qualified, had played six “on the bounce” but an unrepentant Solomons insisted: “Looking at things in context it was best to get him (Visser) 100 per cent right and ready to go next week.

“The big thing was that we turned over far too much ball particularly at the breakdown. As a consequence we didn’t have field position.”

Statistics from the respected ESPN website claim Edinburgh turned over the ball 17 times ... to Glasgow’s 16.