Tim Visser puts play-off place ahead of try-scoring tally

TIM VISSER has admitted he is only too willing to set aside personal glory to help Edinburgh Rugby achieve their aim of a Magners League play-off place.

The Dutch-born winger enters the penultimate round of league matches, against Ulster at Murrayfield on Sunday, on the eight-try mark – one more than Ospreys' Tommy Bowe and Connacht's Fionn Carr.

But, with Edinburgh lying fifth and just outside the play-off zone, he needs no reminding that all that matters is finishing in front of the visitors and hoping results elsewhere go the Scots' way.

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Says Visser: "It would be good to finish the season as top try scorer in the league which is obviously great for me personally but not as important for me as getting to that play-off spot. It's way more important for us to win games, get to that play-off spot and do well as a team because that is the main thing."

There are five teams in contention and, out of that particular race, Ulster are lying equal on points with Connacht in the battle for Ireland's third and final slot in the next Heineken European Cup.

That gives them plenty of incentive to avoid what would be an unprecedented seventh league match without a win.

Visser at least knows what to expect as Edinburgh have encountered the men from Belfast three times already this season.

"It's the last home game of the season and we have to give the fans what they deserve. We have already played Ulster three times and know what they are about. We know their go-to players.

"Last time we played here in the Heineken Cup, I scored a winning try and got man-of-the-match award which was good but we did not start very well."

In fact, Ulster led 13-6 early in the second half.

Visser added: "We need to start better to win this game."

According to Edinburgh skipper Mike Blair, the visitors pose a particular threat in specific areas.

"Stephen Ferris, Isaac Boss and Andrew Trimble are guys we have to watch and Simon Danielli always seems to produce great form playing for Ulster.

"He is going to be a real danger man for them as well.

"It's a key game in terms of where our season goes.

"We have to win to stay in the hunt for the play-offs."

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The same five teams have battled it out for the four play-off spots for much of this year and it is hardly in Edinburgh's favour that British Lion Ferris has recovered fitness after missing last weekend's bonus point defeat at Glasgow.

Edinburgh can take encouragement, though, from statistics which show their last seven matches in all competitions have all been won by the home side on the day.

Also, Edinburgh haven't lost to a team from outside of Scotland at home since going down 8-9 to the Dragons on 1 November.

Ulster's most recent win on Edinburgh soil was 31-23 on 17 February, 2006.

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin was naming his starting line-up and subs from a squad of 26 later today.