Despite big win, Widnes coach knows tougher games are coming up

Kevin Brown

His side may have trounced the London Broncos in their opening clash but for Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts, he has urged his players not to get too carried away in terms of the result, as he knows there are tougher games to come.

After a 64-10 demolition of the Broncos, a game that saw Danny Tickle score 24 points on his club debut, Betts knows that the games coming up do not get any easier.

“It’s going to get much tougher than this, and we have Huddersfield, Salford and Leeds in our next three matches,” he said.

“Everyone expected us to beat London, who have a tough year ahead with a young group of players put together so late.

“But we showed plenty of character and scored some fantastic tries.”

The win was Widnes’ biggest during their time in the Super League era and Betts was full of praise for the efforts of his players.

“Kevin Brown will take the plaudits, and deservedly so.

“But Joe Mellor was tireless as was Rhys Hanbury at full-back and Paddy Flynn was exceptional with the ball in his hands.

“Danny Tickle was full of confidence, but he is far more than a goal-kicker. He works so hard and I know how good he is.”

Having lost a large chunk of his squad, Broncos coach Tony Rea knows that the game was a huge learning experience for the club and knows his players can perform better.

“I am happy to be on the start line but this is a big learning curve,” Rea said.

“We clearly weren’t ready, but need to move on from here.

“I will take a fair lump of the blame, but there has been a lot of chopping and changing.

“We will be adding to the squad, but these players can do better.

“Kevin Brown was outstanding for Widnes, and if he hadn’t played it would have been a tight game. He was that big an influence.

“Our hookers were pretty strong, but our half-backs were outplayed. We have the potential and will be smarter than this in future.”

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