It was a solid win for the Widnes Vikngs side and it was one player that received the praise from coach Denis Betts, with Patrick Ah Van receiving all the plaudits for his stellar performance, as Widnes battled their way back from 14 points down to win 32-28.
The win was Widnes’ first at Bradford in 23 years, was on the back of two tries for Ah Van (two very different tries) – one a long range effort and the other requiring a tidy finish close to the line.
“Some of the tries he’s scored, he’s up there with some of the best wingers in the world,” said Betts.
“He’s a great guy to have in the team – the other boys love him and with his quality of finishing, he’s always likely to score tries.
“He has his socks rolled down around his ankles and looks half the time not to be bothered but he knows how to finish.”
The win was one that will boost confidence for Widnes, with Betts admitting Electronic Cigarette that losing so many close games over the last few weeks has helped to shape the character and resolve of the side.
“We’ve shown character last three or four weeks but it’s probably stood us in good stead – losing so many close games in recent weeks. They had to respond and showed lots of character and the right work ethic,” sait Betts.
Francis Cummins, the Bradford Bulls coach, was left disappointed and baffled by his side, after they could not capitalise on their chances after half-time when leading 18-4.
“To go from being so dominant to throwing the game away in the second half, I can’t describe how disappointed I am,” Cummins said.
“We gave them nearly every thing they got and good luck to them – they carried on and won the game.
“We are edgy at the moment and we were trying to kill off the game.
“We tried coming up with big plays to kill the game off, whereas building pressure with different kicks would probably have been better.”