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Super League: Widnes coach Denis Betts says there are tougher tasks ahead

Last updated: 17th February 2014   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Denis Betts: Says the real tests are still to come

It's going to get much tougher than this.

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Widnes head coach Denis Betts warned his team not to rest on their laurels after their 64-10 Super League demolition of relegation favourites London.

Danny Tickle piled up 24 points on his debut, with captain Kevin Brown and half-back partner Joe Mellor also in top form in the 11-try romp, but Betts acknowledged there would be trickier assignments ahead.

"It's going to get much tougher than this, and we have Huddersfield, Salford and Leeds in our next three matches," he said.

"Everyone expected us to beat London, who have a tough year ahead with a young group of players put together so late.

"But we showed plenty of character and scored some fantastic tries."

Man of the match Brown grabbed a hat-trick of tries, with Mellor also crossing and Stefan Marsh and Chris Dean notching a brace apiece as the Vikings stormed to the top of the Super League.

The Broncos, with nine new faces on parade, shook Widnes by taking the lead through a Mason Caton-Brown try.

But the Broncos fell apart with the Vikings running in five first-half tries to lead 30-6 at the break.

Tickle, the close-season signing from Hull, marked his debut with a try and 10 goals from 11 shots.

The 30-year-old also reached the milestone of 2,000 career points and set a new Super League goals record for Widnes, who swept to their biggest win in the Super League era.

Betts added: "Kevin Brown will take the plaudits, and deservedly so.

"But Joe Mellor was tireless as was Rhys Hanbury at full-back and Paddy Flynn was exceptional with the ball in his hands.

"Danny Tickle was full of confidence, but he is far more than a goal-kicker. He works so hard and I know how good he is."

London coach Tony Rea selected nine new faces, including prop Carl Forster - on loan from St Helens - having lost the bulk of last year's squad.

Learning curve

"I am happy to be on the start line but this is a big learning curve," Rea said.

"We clearly weren't ready, but need to move on from here.

"I will take a fair lump of the blame, but there has been a lot of chopping and changing.

"We will be adding to the squad, but these players can do better.

"Kevin Brown was outstanding for Widnes, and if he hadn't played it would have been a tight game. He was that big an influence.

"Our hookers were pretty strong, but our half-backs were outplayed. We have the potential and will be smarter than this in future."

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 26 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
2 St Helens 2 4
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 2 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
20:00Leeds vs Huddersfield
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington
19:30Salford vs Hull
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan
15:00Widnes vs Wakefield
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull vs Leeds
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield vs Widnes
20:00Castleford vs Wigan
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds
Saturday 7th February
Warrington 22 - 8 Salford

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