Despondent Betts left miserable after latest injury woes

Denis Betts bemoaned Widnes’ luck as their injury curse struck again in defeat to Hull FC.

Chris Dean and Chris Houston were the latest casualties as the two were forced off with serious injuries.

Dean is believed to have suffered a torn bicep, while Houston appears to have sustained a serious knee injury.

It has left Betts’ squad decimated heading into a pivotal period of the season, and Betts, who was seen with his head in his hands after Houston’s injury, cut a dejected figure after the game.

“It’s like I’m in some kind of vortex at the moment where every time I turn around, someone collapses on me.

“It’s a bizarre situation to be in, we went through something last year with players falling around us.

“We’ve got more experience than last year, but I’m relying on people to do their jobs against players with more experience and who are better than they are and eventually, we are getting rolled.

“We dug in, we fought and took the lead, but then lose Chris Houston. He has been our best players this year and it zaps the energy out of you when you see another player leave the field. We got beat by a side who have got a couple of fantastic players.”

After seeing another couple of injuries picked up, Betts called on the RFL to reconsider the Easter schedule.

Betts insisted that the effort was there from his youthful side though and thinks the Rugby Football League need to look at the Easter schedule.

“It is disappointing to see that people around you are disappointed because they don’t think the players are trying – this is not the case.

“We had seven or eight players under 22 on the field and there was a lot of homegrown talent, but it doesn’t bode well when you aren’t winning games.

“Sometimes I question the sanity of our game to be able to play this game. It was our fourth game inside two weeks. I think we need to look at our scheduling and wonder why all teams have to play four games in two weeks.”