Super League: Coach Denis Betts looking to guage Widnes Vikings' progress
Dennis Betts is looking forward to seeing how Widnes fare against fellow Super League high-flyers Castleford on Sunday.
Last Updated: 24/05/14 1:42pm
Both clubs were tipped to be involved in the relegation scrap but the Tigers have been a revelation in their first full season under Daryl Powell, winning nine of their first 13 matches, while the Vikings are only two points behind with a game in hand.
Sunday's game, which marks the halfway mark of the 2014 First Utility Super League, also pits two of the brightest English coaches against each other and Widnes boss Denis Betts is delighted at the impact made by his former Great Britain team-mate.
"It's good to see someone like Daryl, who has worked so hard, getting rewarded at that level and getting recognition he deserves," Betts said.
"He's built a very similar culture and ethical structure at Castleford now. I don't think they're going to fall over at all this year and will be fighting for the top four, semi-finals and finals.
"We're really looking forward to going there and having a tilt at them, because they're playing so well.
"People talk about our home ground but Castleford is a very formidable place to go. It's a different size of pitch, it's an imposing stadium and the fans are really behind them at the moment."
Castleford are boosted by the return of full-back Luke Dorn, who has missed the last six matches with a hamstring injury.