Betts happy to have avoided Leeds and Warrington

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Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts admits that his club has probably got the draw it would have hoped for, when the Vikings were drawn against Castleford Tigers in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final on Sunday afternoon.

With the venues yet to be decided, the other semi-final will see the two favourites for the trophy, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, also drawn against each other.

After the draw, bookmakers were making Leeds the 7/4 favourites to win the Cup, with Warrington at 9/4 and Castleford at 3/1 while Widnes are the outsiders, available at 11/1 with some bookmakers.

“If I’m really honest about it, I suspect I am in the same mood as Daryl Powell,” Betts told League Express.

“We probably both wanted to play each other, and I am really pleased because it will be a fantastic game. And I’m glad we have avoided Warrington and Leeds.”

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