Price is not right for a fortnight

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Halifax Vandals coach Jamie Bloem will stand down centre Adam Price for the next two weeks after he was kicked in the head during last week’s 29-12 Yorkshire Four win over Sheffield Oaks.

Vandals, who have so far exceeded expectations under their new boss with two wins from three starts, were leading the South Yorkshire side inside the final quarter when Price sustained what Bloem described as a “seven centimetre gash” to his head.

“He basically got kicked in the head,” said Bloem, whose side are away at Wetherby tomorrow.

“The ref was right there and their man got sent off; the game was long gone and I think there was a fair bit of frustration there.

“Adam went to hospital, got stitched up and had a CT scan and they let him out later on Saturday night.

“It was potentially a serious injury, he lost his memory for around 10 hours and he won’t be playing for the next couple of weeks.

“That’s my policy; you’ve got to be responsible with these young lads and make sure they look after themselves.

“You can’t take risks with head injuries.”

Bloem said he expects Wetherby’s young side to be “vibrant” in their playing style, but remains confident Vandals can come away with a result.

“We dominated most facets of the game last week, with the possible exception of the scrummage,” said Bloem, who emphasised his side still have work to do.

“I’m proud of the boys; we’ve got 20-22 training now every week and people are committing to the cause.

“But I saw something the other day saying we were promotion favourites now; that’s ridiculous.

“We’ll just keep working hard and try and win as many games as we can.”

Bloem is likely to replace Price with Luke Sutcliffe in midfield, while big-booted fly half Paul Knapping is also back in harness.

“Paul played his first game last week,” said Bloem.

“He played on one side of the field, I played on the other and it gave us attacking options that not many teams in this division have.”