Why Huddersfield Giants’ Will Pryce will not play against Leeds Rhinos in Super League clash despite end of suspension

Will Pryce is one of the most talented youngsters in the Super League competition.

Having been given a chance by Ian Watson at the back end of the 2021 season, the rangy playmaker has gone on to become a major part of this Huddersfield side.

Unfortunately for Pryce, he has spent 12 games of the season on the sideline due to hefty suspensions, but Giants head coach Ian Watson is hoping that the teenager can channel that frustration of being out to learning from his mistakes.

“When anyone gets banned, it affects them and it knocks their confidence because they want to play rugby games,” Watson said.

“But, hopefully it affects them in the right way. They know whether they were in control out on the field and whether it was a mistake or not and then they learn from it.

“They come up against these trials and they will have to learn from it.”

Despite Pryce’s two-match ban now over, Watson confirmed that he will not play a part in Huddersfield’s away clash at the Leeds Rhinos tomorrow night – and that is due to selection.

“It’s just selection, I think Oliver Russell and Theo (Fages) controlled the game (against Castleford).

“Theo was phenomenal, a lot of the work that he does is unseen and it’s important we have that.

“Oliver Russell is a very similar player to him as well, he gives the players so much confidence, but I thought Theo was outstanding.”

Pryce is likely to get his chance again in the upcoming week with the Super League fixtures coming thick and fast as teams play three games in just over a week in order to get to the play-offs.

Whether or not that would affect the quality of the games on show remains to be seen, but it will certainly be a difficult period for the players.

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Colin Fisher
Colin Fisher
1 month ago

I think Ian Watson is totally wrong. Another match lost due to missed 8 points by Russell. We also lost the cup final in exactly the same way. Will he ever wake up to it?