Rhys Hanbury

In some games, it only takes the performance of one player to win you the game and for Widnes Vikings coach Dennis Betts, he singled out Rhys Hanbury for all the praise, with the utility scoring three tries and setting up numerous others.

It was his move from scrum-half to fullback that made the difference, as Betts was thrilled with Hanbury’s entire game in the 58-24 win over Salford.

“His pace is freakish, his passing game is very good and he is playing the new position very well,” said Betts.

“The role of the full back has changed over the last four or five years as Sam Tomkins has shown.

“It was good to get Cameron Phelps back and Kevin Brown was dominant at half back.”

As Salford struggle to string together consistent results, Betts admits that he feels sympathy for the club based on everything they have gone through.

“I have got to feel for Salford the way things are going for them. It’s tough coming here and I’m pleased with our performance,” he added.

“I know Salford scored 24 points but I was pretty happy with our defensive effort.”

Alan Hunte, Salford’s caretaker coach, admitted that Widnes were by far the better side and praised the performance of some of their players.

“Everything Widnes did came off. They played with confidence and were able to rotate their squad,” he said.

“The try 30 seconds before half time which made it 28-12 took the game away from us. If they hadn’t scored that try our guys had something to build on.

“Rhys Hanbury, Gaz Hock and Kevin Brown showed their skill. Hanbury is having a wow of a season and scoring tries for fun.

“Brown is international class and Hock was destructive and we struggled to handle the three of them. We know there is work to do at Salford.”

By ricky

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