Gareth Anscombe convinced he grounded ball in Wales' defeat by England in Six Nations
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 12/02/18 10:14am
Gareth Anscombe is convinced his 'non-try' should have been allowed to stand, insisting he grounded the ball in Wales' 12-6 Six Nations defeat by England.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland described television match official Glenn Newman's first-half decision as "a terrible mistake" after full-back Anscombe appeared to get his hand on the ball just before England winger Anthony Watson.
"I felt some pressure of the ball on the ground," said Anscombe, who was a late replacement for Leigh Halfpenny following his withdrawal due to a foot infection. "I thought that I got it down, but the decision didn't go our way.
"That was disappointing because it potentially would have changed the momentum, but ultimately it was still early on in the game and we had a lot of chances to fix it.
"The TMOs [television match official] don't always get it right, which is frustrating, but you can't do much about that.
"We were confident once we saw the first replay and started jogging back.
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"We trust the TMO. You've just got to back the individual to use the replays and communicate well with the touch judges and the referee, then hopefully they get the majority of them right.
"We had a rough start and didn't come out of the blocks well, so going back to the sheds at 12-7, it would have been a different ball game."
Anscombe was at the heart of Wales' best moments, particularly when he switched to fly-half for the final 25 minutes and kept his team playing front-foot rugby.
"Going into 10, the game had opened up slightly," he added. "It was good to get in the front line a bit more, and I was able to make a couple of bursts.
"I thought that I added a little bit there, but I was helped by the game. We managed to move them side to side, their tight forwards were getting tired and I managed to sneak through a couple of holes."