Betts delighted with Widnes’ new-and-improved defence

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts paid testament to his side’s defensive efforts after their victory over Leeds.

The Vikings picked up their second win of the season after overcoming then defending champions 23-6.

They did so without some key players, and have no conceded just eight tries in their opening four games, a significant improvement on last year.

“We’ve worked on the defensive aspect of our game,” he said.

“We’ve played Leeds, Castleford and Warrington and to only concede that many tries is a testament to the little things the lads have been doing in training.

“We’re okay with our start. Our processes are good, our standards are high but we’re not completely happy because we lost a point at Castleford.

“The Warrington game was just a tough one, and I thought they played well that night. We set a target of winning all our home games in the opening month, and while we haven’t managed that, to not concede more than 18 points in a game is good for us.”

Betts also praised two-try star Krisnan Inu, who continues to impress in a Widnes shirt.

He said: “When Krisnan Inu wants to play, he is unplayable. We had Chris Bridge last year, who was that kind of player, but he ended up getting injured.

“When he wanted to play he was the best centre in the competition, and Krisnan has got that ability about him. He knows what’s expected of him, and how to respond to things, and he’s delivering with his tries. He’s got the crowd on his side, singing his name.”