Anscombe: ‘Quarter-final spot is a privilege’

Date published: October 16 2015

Wales full-back Gareth Anscombe has opened up on the squad's emotions ahead of their quarter-final with South Africa.

Anscombe described being in the last eight as "privilege" for him and the other players, not that they have met their ambitions for the Rugby World Cup just yet.

"It has been a funny week. A few of us were talking about how privileged we are to be in a quarter-final," Anscombe mused.

"We were talking this morning about how none of us want to go home yet and how we put in a lot of hard work in Switzerland and Doha, working hard for each other and the sacrifices you make to be in this position, meaning we could well be in a semi-final next week."

Anscombe missed out on the initial 31-man squad but has been called in following a freakishly high number of injuries to Liam Williams, Hallam Amos and Scott Williams among others.

"I might have been in Dubai, sitting in a pool relaxing, so it’s certainly been a change in a month’s time. When we looked at my rehab time there was a chance of getting fit in time," he added.

"The injuries we’ve had have given me chance to start in a quarter-final. It’s a dream come true, a special occasion. My family’s going to be here."

Having faced South African opposition plenty of times during his years in Super Rugby, the former Chiefs star knows exactly what is coming Wales' way this Saturday.

He said: "When you play against South Africa you know about it. They’re very physical. We need to make sure mentally tomorrow as well as physically.

"We need to front up and stop their ball carriers. If we can do that then we’ll win the game.

"Hopefully we can get them going backwards at times, put them under pressure and see how they respond to that."