Anscombe man of match in Six Nations grand slam

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    17 Mar 2019     Getty Images

Starting at first five-eighths he had to move to fullback early in the game when wing George North was forced to leave the field with an injury.

Fullback Liam Williams moved to the wing for North, while Dan Biggar came off the bench to play at first five-eighths.

Anscombe retained the goal-kicking duties and landed seven attempts from seven for a 20-point haul in the win.

While still at first five-eighths, 70 seconds into the game, Anscombe slipped a tactical kick in which was secured by fellow New Zealander, second five-eighths Hadleigh Parkes, for the opening try of the game.

Anscombe said: "It's hard to put into words to be honest, we've worked incredibly hard over the last year and we have just hit a habit of winning.

"We started well today in tricky conditions and I just can't say enough about our group. We work hard for each other.

"We wanted to enjoy it. We are in the best stadium in the world in front of our people and we wanted to take the game to them.

"We started well and we know once you get behind in tricky conditions it is hard to come back. It's a day and a weekend to remember for Welsh rugby," he said.

Fellow New Zealander, and coach of Wales, Warren Gatland, who achieved the third Grand Slam of his tenure with the side, said he thought Anscombe had been outstanding.

"We've got different options at 10. He put the chip in for Hadleigh's try and he kicked goals. He was outstanding.

"He probably wasn't at his best last weekend against Scotland when we moved him back there [fullback]. He hadn't played there for so long.

"He was comfortable today, and to be able to handle making that change pretty early in the game, he did exceptionally well.

"It hasn't always been easy for him because he has had to really fight hard to earn that respect from the Welsh public.

"There is always that debate in Wales about the 10s [first five-eighths], and that kind of does put extra pressure on players.

"We have got a good balance at the moment. We've got some quality 10s that are all different," he said.