Betts thrilled as Vikings triumph

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Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Denis Betts described his side’s performance as “great” after Widnes celebrated their first win over Leeds in 12 attempts.

A 38-24 victory for lowly Widnes prevented the First Utility Super League leaders stretching four points ahead of Wigan.

Vikings coach Betts was full of praise for his side who ran in seven tries to end their long wait for success over the Rhinos, who again left out union-bound skipper Kevin Sinfield.

Betts, whose side led only 28-24 until late tries from Chris Dean and Aaron Heremaia made it more comfortable, said: “We were great and we had played well in our last two games against St Helens and Warrington without any reward.

“There are a lot of tired bodies in the dressing room but happy players too.

“We just had enough energy left at the end to get away from Leeds and this is another one ticked off. We only have to beat Catalan in Super League now.”

Kevin Brown was man of the match, and sent over Chris Clarkson, on loan from Leeds, for the first try after three minutes.

“Kevin was great with some clever passing,” said Betts.

“Patrick Ah Van was the difference with some really big plays.

“Phil Joseph had a couple of good stints off the bench and Joe Mellor’s try showed we never give up.

“Lloyd White and Aaron Heremaia were excellent too but it’s hard to pick out individuals.

“It was another fantastic game and if you love rugby league come and watch Widnes, although at times it’s not good for my heart.”

The Vikings scored tries through Clarkson, Stefan Marsh, Mellor, Danny Galea and Manase Manuokafoa to lead 28-14 after 53 minutes.

Kallum Watkins notched two tries for Leeds with the others coming from Stevie Ward, Joel Moon and Jimmy Keinhorst.

Boss Brian McDermott said:”We had a chance when we got back to within four points but I didn’t think we were that great.

“Had we won I was getting my mind ready to still tell the players that all’s still not well.”

Leeds have now gone three games without a win and McDermott said: “The result went the right way. We weren’t error-riddled but conceded some tries we should have defended.”

Asked about Sinfield possibly returning to favour next week against Huddersfield in the cup, McDermott added: “Everybody will be in contention.”

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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