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Super League: Widnes coach Denis Betts praises crucial contribution of Rhys Hanbury
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Widnes coach Denis Betts was full of praise for Australian Rhys Hanbury after he scored three tries and set up a number of others in the 58-24 demolition of Salford.
Cameron Phelps also grabbed a hat-trick and Jack Owens kicked nine goals but it was Hanbury, who switched from scrum-half to full-back, that Betts chose to focus on.
"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."
Betts had some sympathy for Salford, as they struggle for consistency in Super League this season.
"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."
City Reds caretaker coach Alan Hunte admitted afterwards they were beaten by the better side.
"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."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|11||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
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