Betts: We were bullied by Salford

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts is targeting a strong finish to The Qualifiers this weekend – after admitting his side were “bullied” by Salford.

The Vikings suffered a second straight home defeat on Sunday to ensure that their place in Super League is still not guaranteed with six games gone in The Qualifiers – although they would have to endure a mathematical miracle to be dragged into the Million Pound Game.

But Betts wants a strong finish against Leigh to send their fans home happy, after expressing his frustration at the performance on Sunday.

“It was a massively disappointing opening 30 minutes,” Betts said.

“We started off slowly thinking it was going to be a breeze, but we had no purpose, they came out and they bashed us and bullied us.

“It was unlike us. We’d have liked to have had the promotion done comfortable; it’s disappointing for our supporters. We played well the last couple of weeks, we’ve handled the intensity but we came here a little too relaxed.

“We don’t want to end badly. You look at the scenario and we’ll need to get beat by over 100 points, and when you look at it I’ll be very surprised if that happens.”