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  • Brown (2), Hanbury, Dean, Mellor,
    Goals: Tickle (6),
32 - 18

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    Goals: Mullaney (3),
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Super League: Denis Betts happy with Widnes Vikings after home victory

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Super League: Denis Betts happy with Widnes Vikings after home victory

Denis Betts: Looking forward to the challenge of facing Leeds next

We are only three games in but I'm happy with our performances and the resilience we are showing to get results after going behind on the scoreboard.

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Widnes boss Denis Betts praised the character of his side after they maintained their perfect start to the season with a 32-18 victory over Salford.

Widnes boss Denis Betts praised the resilience and character in his side after they maintained their perfect start to the season with a 32-18 victory over Salford.

The Vikings trailed 18-14 at one stage in the second half at the Select Security Stadium but hit the Red Devils with 18 unanswered points in the final quarter, including a brace of tries for the returning Kevin Brown.

The result means Betts' squad have now won six in a row stretching back to the end of the previous campaign, though he refused to get too carried away.

"It's a great start. We are only three games in but I'm happy with our performances and the resilience we are showing to get results after going behind on the scoreboard," he told Sky Sports.

"We've got lots of character. We understand what we are about and keep working towards those goals. We know that effort is something we can't afford to lack.

"I thought tonight we were a little bit scrappy in the first (half). We got a bit edgy when a couple of tries didn't go our way when we thought we'd scored, then it became a fight.

"Salford showed a lot of resilience tonight too. On the back of last week when everybody was talking about how they didn't play that well I thought they came here tonight and really got stuck into us."

Chris Dean, Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury also touched down for the Vikings, while winter recruit Danny Tickle showed his value by kicking all six of his conversion attempts as well as a penalty on the stroke of half time.

Stern test

Widnes will get a stern test of their credentials next time out when they travel to Headingley to face a Leeds side that are also unbeaten so far, though they first face a tricky trip to Huddersfield in front of the Sky cameras on Friday night.

"Their form and our form is pretty good," Betts said on the trip to the Rhinos. "We want these challenges.

"We set ourselves up through the pre-season and we looked at how we got close a couple of times last year. The idea now is to stay in the fight and stay close, then hopefully snag a couple of wins."

Salford, who had led 12-8 at the break after a quick-fire brace of tries, have now lost two in a row, but head coach Brian Noble felt they had showed improvement from their heavy home defeat at the hands of St Helens a week ago.

"It was alright up until about the 50-minute mark," he said of his side's performance.

"We didn't handle the kick at the start of the second half and we kind of lost a bit of confidence from there, I think.

"But I thought we made some massive strides in a lot of areas. We were a bit more fluent but then tried to fix it on our own again towards the back-end of the game.

"The bounce of the ball on this field didn't quite go for us. Those are the things that can happen when you're a little bit down - we are two from two and have a big game (against Warrington) next week to put it right."

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

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