Betts hails “fantastic” night for Widnes in Wigan

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts insisted that his side’s victory against Wigan proved to be the catalyst for another “fantastic night” for his team.

The Vikings opened up a two-point gap at the top of Super League with the win, as they fought back from 12-6 down to win 18-12 and secure a first win at Wigan since 2003.

Betts waxed lyrical about his side afterwards, and praised them for the way they stuck to their task throughout.

“It’s hard not to say it’s a fantastic night for the club and the players,” he said.

“We’ve had some tough days here, we’ve had a couple of floggings and some really tough experiences.

“We fought last year and were close but tonight we came here with real purpose and real confidence in ourselves. I don’t think we attacked that well at times but we showed a lot of character and a lot of belief in what we do.”

Betts also praised in-form fullback Rhys Hanbury, who again impressed on another famous night for the Vikings.

“Rhys has got that in him,” Betts said of his influence on the game late on. “He’s playing particularly well and he made something happen for us, which he can do.”