Aaron Murphy

Losing a game is never a good thing but when you have to play two games in quick succession, it can take a toll on your players, and for Widnes Vikings coach Dennis Betts, he had one thing on his mind – scrapping the Easter double header.

Despite making 6 changes to his side, Betts said he had no qualms about the team he decided to put on the paddock, but again remained critical of the merit of having an Easter double header.

“If you’d have offered me two points a month ago from Catalan away, Wigan away, Warrington at home and Huddersfield, I would have taken them,” he said.

“Easter has been a part of my life since I can remember but I think you’ve got to look at this and say, ‘it doesn’t work’. You cannot play the game the way it’s played now and expect two games on a weekend.

“If you’ve got two big squads, you can do it but today I had four or five lads out there who had played one or two Super League games.

“I didn’t put them in because I wanted to see them play, I put them in because I didn’t have anybody else.

“I’ve got to look at the bigger picture as well, The war’s not won this weekend, it’s just another battle. I’ve got to keep my soldiers on their feet.

“When you see these lads the day after they’ve played, to turn them around two days later is close to cruelty. Sometimes you have to let go a little bit of the tradition and move the game forward.”

In some cases, you have coaches agree. In this particular case, Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson did not agree with his opposite number, with the Giants coach having no problem with it.

“You get one day extra from turning around from Sunday to Friday.

“We’ve know all along that we’d be playing Friday and Monday at Easter. I’ve got no complaints about it. You should get on with it. It’s an opportunity to rack some points up.”

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