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Super League: Denis Betts claims dismissal of Gareth Hock was "atrocious"
Are we in a schoolyard? You shouldn't get sent off for swearing. Maybe warn him or a sin bin but not a sending off. It's very frustrating.
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Widnes boss Denis Betts was furious with referee Robert Hicks after his side's 22-22 draw with Bradford at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.
Hicks dismissed Vikings second rower Gareth Hock for dissent on the half hour, but the hosts nevertheless produced a rousing second half performance to fight back from 20-4 down.
Betts saluted his side's efforts after the interval but was unimpressed with Hicks.
"It was an atrocious decision and an absolute joke," Betts said of the decision to send off Hicks for dissent after Matt Diskin bagged the Bulls third touchdown to stretch their advantage to 16-4.
"It was a very poor decision and a player should not be sent off for swearing. Are we in a schoolyard? You shouldn't get sent off for swearing. Maybe warn him or a sin bin but not a sending off. It's very frustrating."
Widnes scored three tries without reply in the second half with a Patrick Ah Van penalty five minutes from time earning a point.
Betts said: "It was an epic second half and a great performance of endeavour and enthusiasm.
"We could not get a grip on the game at first but got stronger and had great self-belief. We fought as hard as we could and even had opportunities to win it."
Bradford coach Francis Cummins said: "You can't play without the ball and we couldn't put any pressure on Widnes in the second half.
"We had a few guys busted and the penalty count was surprising - but no excuses.
"I cannot fault my players for their effort but it was an awakening after Sunday's good result over Huddersfield."
Cummins also revealed three injury concerns, with Jamie Langley suffering a groin injury and Matty Blythe and Chev Walker picking up ankle problems.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|19:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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