Newcastle wing Tim Visser insists his Falcons side will not be caught cold on Sunday, despite being red hot favourites against Spanish champions Cetransa El Salvador.The 20-year-old Dutchman forms part of a team aiming to secure a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup, and despite having hammered the Spaniards 71-10 back in November, has stated that he will not be taking them lightly second time round.
“When you go in to any game the hope is obviously that you will win, and win well, so this game is no different really and we are just totally focused on the result,” he said, as he prepares to make his 23rd appearance for the club.
“You can’t start predicting scores and things like that, because it shows a lack of respect for the opposition, all we are doing is looking to improve our precision.”
With Cetransa El Salvador still winless from their five games in the competition, Visser insisted that their participation was for the greater good of the game, stating: “It’s important that rugby gets developed all around the world, just to raise the standards and get more people involved.
“At this moment in time it’s quite hard for a team from Spain to be competitive against the more traditional nations, but it’s great for Spanish rugby because they will learn a huge amount from the experience which they can take back to their domestic league.
“When they came at us in Valladolid, at times, they did have some strong players and we have to treat them with a lot of respect. Our focus is just the same as for any other game, and if we go full-out right from the start then we are confident we can get the job done.”
Having slogged it out in the rain and the mud of central France last Friday night in a gutsy 19-12 victory over Brive, Visser said: “It was a great team performance, and everyone really fronted up.
“People know what we can do in the sun and on a hard pitch, but we’ve been working hard at our wet-weather game and we started to see some of that last Friday with the way we changed our tactics and coped in the rain and mud.
“Playing out on the wing in that sort of game wasn’t really that difficult because it was ten-man rugby for the most part, but in that sort of weather you have to adapt to the conditions and that’s what was needed on the night.
“The forwards are the ones who should take all the credit for that result, because they were absolutely outstanding, and I don’t think I touched the ball more than once in attack all night!
“It should be a better game for the backs this weekend even though the pitch will still be wet, and as well as working through the pack we will also look to get the ball wider and hurt them outside the centres.”
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