It was a result that some may not have been expecting, as the Widnes Vikings upset the Huddersfield Giants – a competition heavyweight – 22-20, on the back of two late tries.
Leading 22-20 at the Select Security Stadium, it was the second week in a row that the Giants relinquished a lead – they drew with Hull KR last week – and for Giants coach Paul Anderson, his message was clear.
His side has to improve and do so fast. Despite that, he was quick to praise the efforts of Widnes who fought hard for the win.
“We got outfought. Widnes worked hard and got everything they deserved,” said Anderson.
“Once again we made some things look easy and some things look very hard. Our concentration and attention has to be better – all round we have to improve.
“There is a level of expectation around Huddersfield at the moment which we are failing to live up to. We have got to make sure we respond to that.
“We probably need to do some practice closing games out. There was a little bit of indiscipline with regard to our systems. We have got to make sure we get a response.”
Despite a bit of contention surrounding one of Widnes’ final tries, there was no objection to the decision to award it by Anderson.
“He gave a try – no complaints from me,” said the Giants coach.
After sheer hard work and determination to get back into the contest and win it, it was a game that Widnes coach Denis Betts was pleased to win and one that his players can be proud of.
“It is a fantastic win. We were missing some players but we have been working really hard and have just beaten a side that beat us quite convincingly last year,” said Betts.
“There is a great team spirit, great work ethic and belief. One thing we really had to work hard on was our commitment to defence.
“It takes a couple of years to get to this stage and against a very good attacking team – there are some talented individuals in that team – it was a pretty impressive performance tonight.
“The confidence they can get from that is immeasurable.”