Betts dismisses injury concerns as Widnes cruise to victory against Hull FC

Paddy Flynn

Sustaining injuries during a game is never a fun feeling for the team, the players or the coach, but despite Kevin Brown (ankle) and Stefan Marsh (shoulder) being forced off, Widnes coach Dennis Betts played down any injury concerns – as his side won 36-16 against Hull FC at Stobart Stadium.

“Kevin will have a scan and we are looking at it positively and maybe it’s just a twisted ankle,” Betts said.

“But Stefan could be out to 10-12 weeks.”

Currently sporting a fifty percent record having won two from four, whilst happy with how his side bounced back, Betts would have liked his side to have been three from four, believing that they should have beaten St Helens.

“We made a dodgy start but stayed solid. We had to work hard and it’s never unexciting coming here.

“I am happy with the way we defended and Gaz (Hock) is exciting and good for the team.

“He’s going to get better but can do things other players can’t do.

“Ben Cross also gives us a bit of punch but I am not satisfied with two wins out of four because we should have beaten St Helens too.”

It was a different story for Hull FC coach Peter Gentle, who was utterly disappointed with the way his side allowed Widnes the momentum heading into half-time – a factor which ultimately cost them the game.

“We are playing without patience and should not have conceded a try just before half time when we led 12-4,” Gentle said.

“We did not give ourselves a chance with a poor completion rate and too many penalties.

“We have to do a lot better than that. We have made no progress from last year and need to make changes. The personnel out there aren’t doing it.”

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