Anscombe targets strong finish

Date published: April 12 2016

Cardiff Blues fly-half Gareth Anscombe wants his team-mates to join him in a big push for the season run-in as they prepare to face Dragons.

The Blues have won three games in a row in the PRO12 and therefore enter this Sunday's derby against their local rivals full of confidence.

Anscombe, while determined, is however not getting ahead of himself.

"We have to win against Dragons and keep the run going or the result at Scarlets counts for nothing – it is that simple," he told the Cardiff Blues website.

"The Dragons were hard to face when we played them down at Newport and we were lucky to snatch one that day. We know what they bring.

"We enjoyed the Scarlets victory and some time off that the boys deserved before the final few hit outs this season.

"We have some big derby games to come and we have got to rise to that challenge."

He added: "We were really pleased with the Scarlets result. We started really well and played some good rugby to get some tries.

"The second half at Parc y Scarlets wasn't as good as we would have liked so there are work-ons; but they are a good side pushing for a top four finish so they were always going to come strong.

"We showed our character in the final ten minutes. We boxed clever a man down and showed we can close our games."

Anscombe, who has switched between the full-back and fly-half since his arrival in Wales, claimed eighteen points against Scarlets and admits he was happy with his display.

"It's been hard to get a try – I would have liked a few more," he said.

"It's just nice to contribute to the cause in any game and to get on the scoresheet was pleasing.

"It's been a stop start season for me with Cardiff Blues, but the win was great and now we want to kick on the rest of the campaign. For me, it was the best performance in a Cardiff Blues jersey.

"I think our shape can cause any opposition problems and we probably left a few points out there against Scarlets.

"Our forwards were challenged to front up against a Welsh pack that day and they will go again hard against the Dragons."