Radford seeking defensive improvement

Lee Radford has given props to Super League leaders Widnes Vikings and insists his team must defend better to secure a result.

The Airlie birds go into their game with the league leaders on the back of consecutive defeats, losing narrowly to both Castleford and Wigan.

They have conceded 57 points in those two games, and Radford knows they must become more resolute if they are to rediscover their early season form.

“They (Widnes) have surprised so far this season,” Radford told the Hull Daily Mail.

“But I expected them to be better this time around. From the outset I’ve looked at their coaching staff and their off-field operations and recruitment has been really good.

“It will be a real tough gig. They love to throw the ball around but it’s about us getting our game in order and doing everything we can to get the result.

“We need to be better defensively. I would be delighted to keep scoring the amount of points we have been. The key for us is to concede less.

“They have two real threats in the centres and they try to get the ball to them as quickly as they can, particularly out of their own end.

“It’s a fast track and they play a quick game, but we’ve just got to make sure we defend at our tempo.”