Young Huddersfield Giants half-back Will Pryce has been suspended for 10 matches following a dangerous throw.
A tackle involved the 19-year-old and Hull FC’s Connor Wynne culminated in a 65th-minute red card for the Giants man, as Huddersfield (18/1 Regular Season Winner) fell to a 14-6 Super League defeat.
The loss was just the second suffered this term by the West Yorkshire side, aspiring to return to the end-of-season playoffs after a seven-year absence.
The infringement, a Grade F offence – the most serious category of incident – brought with it a minimum 8-game ban and also sees the teenager, who was found guilty of a similar offence in a 2019 academy game, handed a £500 fine.
Set to be unavailable for selection until mid-June, the rising star – and son of former Great Britain international Leon Pryce – will now miss around a third of Huddersfield’s regular-season campaign.
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Super League’s return to action has seen an on-form Giants side hit the ground running after an underwhelming 9th-placed stand last year; an emphatic 14-42 opening victory at newcomers Toulouse led to wins over Hull KR and Castleford, along with a 34-2 drubbing of Salford.
The 22-12 February loss at fellow high-flyers Wigan was the sole black mark on the copybook going into the Hull FC encounter, but despite rallying back from a 14-point deficit at the time of Pryce’s dismissal to trail 14-6, Ian Watson’s men were unable to further close the gap in the final ten minutes.
Looking ahead, Pryce’s suspension falls ahead of the Giants’ greatest tests so far, namely the April visits of last year’s Grand Final pair in Catalans Dragons (3/1 Grand Final Winner) and St Helens (11/8).
The duo have lost just once apiece so far this campaign and lie joint-top of the Super League ladder with Wigan.
The ban is also set to keep Pryce out of a return trip to Perpignan on June 3rd.
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