Anscombe up for big Blues game

Date published: March 31 2015

Cardiff Blues back Gareth Anscombe hopes to make an impact in this weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-final with the Dragons.

The former Chiefs back is happy to be back on the field after being away with Wales during the Six Nations.

It's been a tough first season in Wales for Anscombe, with the sudden departure of Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett earlier this year, but the fly-half knows that Challenge Cup success would be a big moment in the region's progression.

"Winning the Challenge Cup would be a step in the right direction for us. There is no getting away from the fact that we have not performed as we wanted in the league," Anscombe told the Blues website.

"We have been pretty inconsistent and off the field things have changed. It has been challenging and frustrating, but this is a big chance for us.

"It's been good to be back on the field playing. It was not the result we were after against Ulster last week, but we now have the biggest game of the season. There is a lot riding on it and the boys are excited.

"You want to play in big games and this is one of them. There is extra pressure on everyone, especially when you look at the Pro12 season, so this is a chance for us to bring a trophy to the cabinet.

"The Dragons will back themselves at home, but we are confident too. I enjoyed the first two derby games with Dragons; it's like in Super Rugby when you play teams from your conference.

"There is always a little bit more riding on those games, you know each other well, so they are physical encounters and the last time at Rodney Parade was pretty special.

"You want to play well in big games and I want to lead the team around and get us the result."