Karl Pryce facing late fitness test for Southend Rugby Club ahead of Bishop's Stortford clash (From Echo)
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Karl Pryce facing late fitness test for Southend Rugby Club ahead of Bishop's Stortford clash
SOUTHEND centre Karl Pryce hopes to be fit enough to help heap more misery on bottom of the table Bishop’s Stortford this weekend.
Stortford have triumphed in just one of their six National Two South games so far this season.
But Pryce is taking nothing for granted, despite the Seasiders’ recent good form.
And he hopes to be able to shake off knee and back injuries in order to play.
“League tables don’t mean anything at this stage of the season,” warned Pryce.
“Often the teams down there at this stage just need one good result to get them going and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen for them against us.
“I also hope, on a personal note, that I will be fit enough to be involved.”
In contrast to their hosts this weekend, Southend have started the season in fine fashion, winning four of their first six games.
That has put them sixth in the standings, just three points off the top.
And Pryce, who came to Southend after enjoying real success in the rugby league, is now starting to feel more at home in the union version of the game.
“I always knew it was take a while to adjust back to playing it but I felt like I was getting there in the last game against Ampthill,” said the 27-year-old.
“It’s quicker than I expected but I’ll get better the more I play and hopefully I can help the team keep on getting good results.
“I just need to keep on hitting the right lines and if a couple of players come to me then it will give others the space to go and show what they can do.”
Pryce is still not 100 per cent fit after suffering a knee injury on his debut against Canterbury at Warners Bridge.
But he has his sights set on opening his try scoring account for Southend this weekend.
“It’s my third game so third time lucky would be ideal but try scoring is only ever a bonus, it’s all about getting the results,” said Pryce.
“That’s certainly the case with tomorrow’s game as well and it’s just about making sure we get the win.”
Southend will definitely be missing second row Daniel Legge and scrum half Lee Sandberg but fit again fly-half Bradley Burr could be in line to make his first start of the season.
Alex Harrison, who has played at centre and fly half for the Seasiders this term, is also pushing for a return.