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Watch: Will Pryce scores on NRL debut for Newcastle Knights

Will Pryce

Former Huddersfield Giants star Will Pryce made his NRL debut this morning and scored in a thrilling game that his Newcastle Knights side won against bottom side Parramatta Eels.

It was a strong first showing from Will Pryce who had been frozen out of the first team until recently by head coach Adam O’Brien despite the fact the Knights were undergoing obvious struggles in their halves. It was today that the Englishman finally got the call as he partnered another former Super League star in Jackson Hastings in the halves.

Legendary half-back Andrew Johns had been one of the many calling for Will Pryce to be handed a chance, something that prompted an icy response from he Knights’ head coach Adam O’Brien and seemed to hint that the ex-Huddersfield man was a long way from debuting.

O’Brien had said: “I don’t want to make any knee jerk reactions now, although I did change the spine up earlier in the year a few times.

“I think Will’s still learning the game out here to be honest. I don’t know how many games Joey has watched of NSW Cup, but he (Pryce) hasn’t had many back-to-back good ones.”

Pryce clearly impressed in the weeks since those comments as he was selected to start this morning and he made the most of his opportunity.

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Will Pryce scores on NRL debut aged 21

Another thing that made his debut special for Will Pryce was the fact that father Leon along with his mother and brother made the trip down under to watch him earn his first cap, something that he topped off with a try early on.

Parramatta went ahead early on but it was Pryce who got the home side back into the game as he showed good positioning to support a runner close to the line and pouch an offload to dive over.

In a dramatic and topsy-turvy game the lead would then change four times and feature no less than six disallowed tries but the Knights were able to hang on and secured the win with two length-of-the-field tries from centre Bradman Best.

You can see the moment Will Pryce scores his debut try in the NRL in the tweet attached at the bottom of the article with the former Huddersfield man posting some impressive stats during his first ever NRL game.

Will Pryce made 116 metres, 17 tackles and crucially no errors as he helped the Knights to a 34-26 win over the Eels, starring alongside fellow Englishman Kai Pearce-Paul who was once again near the top of the tackle count with a whopping 33.

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