Leon Pryce admitted it will be a different match next week when Newcastle Thunder return to Derwent Park.

After Town beat them in a close encounter in League One on Sunday 32-30, attentions now turn to the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup this Sunday.

Pryce, who was delighted with his side’s spirit and response in the win, says they start again this weekend.

“That’s going to be a different game next week,” he said. “We have to give Newcastle credit on Sunday as they were good. Whenever you get a new coach you’re always going to have a response from the players and we saw that.

“I thought they responded massively but we had a good performance in the end.”

The Town treatment room will be back in action this week with skipper Ollie Wilkes leaving the field after taking a bang to the head and Elliott Miller picking up a knock.

“The treatment room will be busy again this week but that’s rugby,” added Pryce.

“Ollie came off with a head knock but I’m sure he will be alright, he’s tough and Elliott hurt his shoulder again when he tried to score a try but he should be fine and we will be there and thereabouts. I just hope I have my voice back by next Sunday as I think I used it all up.”

Pryce said that his side had upped their game against Newcastle in the latter stages after conceding some ‘sloppy’ tries. And he added that they had saved themselves a stern half time talk with their turnaround from 18-0 down to 18-18 at the break.

“They were going to get a rollocking and a really big one but the comeback changed it,” he said. “But I knew that we weren’t right as the tries we conceded were sloppy, they were one-on-ones, falling over the line, just unacceptable, we don’t accept tries like that. So I knew we just weren’t right but they responded which is all that mattered.”