Huddersfield boss Ian Watson confirms double injury blow

Drew Darbyshire
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Huddersfield’s win at Salford came at a cost, with coach Ian Watson confirming injury blows to key duo Will Pryce and Ashton Golding.

The Giants produced a clinical display as they won 26-16 at Salford on Sunday afternoon, with half-back Olly Russell being on form with the boot.

But the win was overshadowed by the injuries to Pryce and Golding.

Full-back Pryce went down in a heap with no-one around him as he tried to do one of his big trademark sidesteps.

The 20-year-old was in a lot of pain as he was helped from the field with an ankle injury early in the second half.

The England Knights international was replaced by Tui Lolohea, who made his comeback from a hamstring injury.

Speaking after the game, Watson told Love Rugby League: “He stepped off it and it kind of just gave way a little bit. He’s rolled it.

“We’ll know more because they might have to scan it just to double check. He’s moving around alright inside (the changing rooms).

“Prycey is actually moving around alright so, fingers crossed, it might just be a ligament twist or something like that.”

Will Pryce and Ashton Golding heading for Huddersfield’s treatment room

Golding actually opened the scoring at the AJ Bell Stadium and was having an impressive game until he was forced from the field in the closing minutes with a hamstring injury.

Watson said: “Ash thinks he has got a grade two hamstring.

“He thinks he’s had a pop on that (hamstring) and thinks it is pretty bad, but the physio thinks it is no worse than a grade two. If thats the case, then you are probably looking at six to eight weeks which is a bad one.

“There has been a little bit of disruption going around. It’s the game isn’t it? You are going to pick up injuries.

“Luckily for us, we had Tui on the bench which covered Pryce and luckily for us, Jermaine McGillvary was fit to play today, so he will ease the Ash Golding one. But with the way Ash has been playing, he has deserved everything he has got so far and to be our starting winger.

“He was kept in today because of his performances and Jerry (McGillvary) had to sit and wait. Jerry will probably get an opportunity now to come back in, so it’s not bad when you’ve got a Great Britain international back in on the wing.”

Ian Watson impressed with Giants display

The Huddersfield boss was delighted with his side’s performance in their win at Salford this afternoon.

He added: “It was a really tough game and it was exactly what we expected coming here.

“We knew how they’d play and how they’d go about things. Salford are not the underdogs anymore, they are a team that are capable of competing at the top end of the table. I think everyone is treating them that way now.

“If you look at their history over the last few years, the Grand Final, Challenge Cup final, semi-finals again last year, they are a team with real high quality players. They are no longer an underdog team so we know we’ve got to be at our best to perform.

“Overall, I thought we were comfortable throughout the whole game. We probably got caught out on the first time we had to defend our goal-line which is a little bit of a worry but its just something we need to work on and fix up, but I thought at the back end when we had to defend our goal-line we defended it really well for each other.”

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