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

Last updated: 17th February 2014  

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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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