Will Pryce ‘special’
Huddersfield coach Ian Watson sang the praises of teenage stand-off Will Pryce after he helped his side overcome a calamitous start to beat Wakefield 22-18 in an extraordinary contest at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Playing only his sixth Super League game, the 18-year-old son of former Great Britain international Leon Pryce was thrust into the role of solitary playmaker after his half-back partner Oliver Russell was taken off with a head knock midway through the first half.
The Giants were trailing 18-4 at the time but Pryce was at the heart of a magnificent fightback, with England winger Jermaine McGillvary scoring two of his side’s five tries as they ran in 22 points without reply to make it three wins in a row.
“He’s a special talent,” said Watson. “We’ve just got to make sure we look after him.
“There are things he can improve on but the composure he showed at times demonstrated his maturity. Being the only half out there, everyone was looking at him but he didn’t let the pressure get to him.
“Will more or less did the team talk at half-time and that shows how confident the young lads are.
“The leadership stood up to ensure the youngsters didn’t panic. We have a good mix of youth and experience at this moment in time.”
Huddersfield Giants’ Will Pryce is tackled by Matty Ashurst of Wakefield Trinity (Image: SW Pix)