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Wilson praises "on the money" Anscombe

16th January 2018

Danny Wilson praised "on the money" Gareth Anscombe, following his man-of-the-match performance during the 18-13 win over Toulouse on Sunday.

The playmaker slotted in at full back, scoring the decisive try, as Wales’ Capital Region sealed a famous double over the TOP14 giants and booked their place in the Challenge Cup quarter finals. 

His chip-and-chase also created the opportunity for Tomos Williams to score the opening try of the game and Anscombe’s week got even better on Tuesday as he was announced in Warren Gatland’s 39-man squad for the upcoming NatWest Six Nations.

Anscombe will have a fight on his hands for a place in the starting XV for the opening clash against Scotland - with the likes of Rhys Priestland, Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell also included in the squad - but Wilson believes Anscombe displayed his quality and versatility during Sunday’s win.

“He’s an outstanding rugby player, there’s no doubt about that. He’s got quality in both his kicking game and his running game and you saw it again on Sunday,” said Wilson.

“The chip was outstanding and executed really well, as we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. Shingler did it last week against Ospreys, Dan Biggar also did it last week and now Gareth has done it this week.

“Sides leave the space behind thinking the chip kick has got to be on the money and Gareth was absolutely on the money on Sunday.

“It’s a very difficult skill to master at high speed, and then to have the nous to make the pass was great.

“Gareth stepped in to play 15 for us today. He’s proven it for Wales and he’s proven it for us that he’s quality at 10 and 15.

“I don’t want to go away from the fact that he’s still a very good 10. He’s been outstanding for us in that position but it’s a mark of the man that he can step in at full back and put in a man-of-the-match performance.

“That versatility is important, and you’ll see a lot of outside halves who’ve got a yard of pace can go to play at 15.”