"He just took a little bit of a stinger on his shoulder", McBryde added.
Although reclaiming the Six Nations title is not entirely in Ireland's hands, Joe Schmidt clearly believes his side have begun to distance themselves from the ominous worries that surrounded early games throughout this campaign.
Gatland, who handed Anscombe his first cap four years ago, is on the verge of winning a third Grand Slam and fourth Six Nations title with Wales since taking charge back in 2008.
McBryde, meanwhile, readily acknowledges the threat posed by Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton, and he also underlined a need for improved discipline, with Wales considerably weaker in that key area against Scotland than they had been in defeating England two weeks earlier.
"Considering we are still in the mix with one match to go is a lot more comfortable feeling than when we sat here last month having lost to England in our opening match".
"That is always a frustration but what did impress me was the lead up play to it and Garry Ringrose was unlucky", said Schmidt.
"Again, we'll give them the respect that they absolutely deserve".
"And I'm sure the Welsh boys were sitting back with feet up watching and they will be very much primed for us next week". I know from talking to some of their lads on tours that the expectation in Wales is huge and it will be at its highest this week.
The hooker, who turns 37 in August, said a break in Belfast for the squad last week - including a dinner out with a few glasses of wine - had done wonders to freshen them up a bit and change their environment.
"They will be under pressure, but so will we".
"We just wanted to go out and attack today, whether we had the ball or not". We will soak up the atmosphere but it is important we do not get caught up in the occasion or the emotional side of things.
Ireland captain Rory Best has announced he expects to retire after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Asked to outline Best's leadership qualities, Sexton replied: 'Do you have half an hour?
'He leads off the pitch too and he's a great character to have around.
Gatland is due to name his team on Thursday, with McBryde reporting that full-back Liam Williams is "moving in the right direction" after going off injured against Scotland at Murrayfield last Saturday. We'll miss him when he's gone but we've got a lot of time left with him so we'll make the most of it'.