‘Scoreline does not reflect Quins showing’ – Visser

Date published: April 15 2017

Harlequins wing Tim Visser believes his side did not deserve to finish with nothing to show from their loss to Exeter at the Stoop on Friday.

Exeter consolidated their position amongst the Premiership’s frontrunners with a 39-26 triumph and the home side failed to secure a bonus-point as they could not score four tries and lost by more than seven points.

“The overriding emotion is one of disappointment,” said Visser.

“This week again the scoreline doesn’t reflect the performance we put it.

“We didn’t play the full 80 minutes, we had one or two little switch offs and they cost us. Exeter took their chances and finished well scoring those three tries in 11 minutes; they were major sucker punches for us.

“It shows how clinical Exeter can be, I felt like there were points that we had them on the ropes after 20 minutes in the first half, and something similar in the second half. We just didn’t sharpen up enough and we weren’t able to put them away.

“It shows the quality of the opposition we were playing and it shows where we need to sharpen up.

“What is frustrating is that we were excellent at times, it was the biggest effort that I have seen from the boys this season. We know how much it would mean for us and the Club to get into the top six and secure Champions Cup Rugby, that result today has been a blow.

“It’s gutting to come away from a performance like that with nothing to show. Importantly it is still in our hands and we can finish in the top six still.

“We did put in a good performance and we have to keep believing in ourselves. We have to fight for everything now, we are still in it and that’s a positive we can take out of this.”