Betts hails Widnes after table climb

Mon, 26 Mar 07:04:08 2012

Widnes boss Denis Betts insists his side are determined to prove the pundits wrong after their dramatic 38-30 win over London Broncos.

Widnes had been tipped to struggle and six defeats in their opening seven matches left them rooted to the bottom of the Stobart Super League standings. However, the Vikings moved out of the basement after defeating London in an 11-try spectacular to record their second win in three games following their recent triumph over Wigan Warriors.

Betts said: "Nobody expected us to get off the bottom this season but now we are away from that spot. We are making progress day in and day out and hard work is the key."

Lloyd White notched two tries for Widnes who were level 30-30 until Cameron Phelps' vital try six minutes from time. Gareth O'Brien, on loan from Warrington, also booted seven goals from eight attempts for the victors.

Widnes' 37-36 win over Wigan in their last home match was a last-gasp thriller and Betts said: "We don't like to do it any other way do we? We are keeping the fans excited and on the edge of their seats. We are panicking a bit at times and losing some composure but, at the moment, are bouncing all over the place.

"We are improving on the back of some beatings by good sides. Scott Moore gave us a lift off the bench and calmed us down when we were starting to falter. Lloyd White was also very good and is getting better all the time."

Broncos boss Rob Powell was unhappy at his side's start, which saw them trailing 12-0 after only five minutes.

Powell, whose team have now lost seven of their eight matches this season, said: "Maybe the boys thought that after a win over Castleford and a good performance against Wigan we would be good again. But it does not work like that and this defeat hurts.

"We could have won it at 30-30 but that is a ridiculous scoreline and I am more concerned about the start. We let them out of the blocks too quickly.

"Widnes had a really good go, ran hard and tackled strongly and were a bit better at that than us."


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