Magners League - Game of the Week
Visser hat-trick inspires Edinburgh victory
March 7, 2010
Edinburgh replacement Tim Visser celebrates scoring his second try
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Edinburgh maintained their push for Magners League glory a clinical 33-17 demolition of title rivals Ospreys at Murrayfield.
The hosts ran in a total of five tries with replacement winger Tim Visser notching a hat-trick in five second half minutes after coming off the bench when Simon Webster suffered an early injury. Webster was able to walk off with a rib problem after 15 minutes, but a much more serious injury appeared to be sustained in the second half when the game was stopped for a prolonged period after lock Craig Hamilton was hurt at a ruck. Hamilton was taken to hospital as a precaution after suffering a head injury.
Edinburgh had the better of possession and territory early on but were undone as much by their own errors as the Ospreys defence. The breakthrough eventually came in the 34th minute after a five-metre scrum gave Edinburgh an attacking platform. Nick De Luca found Ben Cairns in the line and he passed to Visser to draw two defenders before returning the ball to Cairns for the score, which was converted by David Blair.
Ospreys passed up a clear-cut chance to score in the last minute of the first half when fullback Gareth Owen could not find his support, so Edinburgh led 7-0 at the interval. And the home side soon ended the game as a contest with four tries in eight minutes in the second half.
Cairns set up the first with a break from deep before Visser hared in from the left. The second saw Visser get possession on his 10-metre line on the right wing from where he ran and then kicked long to the line to follow up and score. For the third he was fed by hooker Andrew Kelly and ran in under the posts. On the other wing, Mark Robertson showed he could stretch his legs too, running in a beauty from his own half. Replacement Phil Godman knocked over all but one conversion.
Ospreys roused themselves in the final quarter to get on the scoresheet when TV evidence allowed winger Nikki Walker to be awarded the unconverted score. And further tries from flanker Jerry Collins and Sonny Parker gave the scoreline a more respectable look.
The victory saw Edinburgh lay temporary claim to top spot in the table only to deposed by Leinster who beat Cardiff Blues later in the day.