REACTION: Betts points to Marsh disallowed try as key moment

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts pointed to a key moment in the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Salford as a big reason for their defeat.

The Vikings suffered their eighth consecutive defeat in the league after slipping to an 18-12 loss to Salford – a result which now increases Widnes’ chances of becoming dragged into a fight to avoid the bottom four.

And Betts believes that the disallowed try for Stefan Marsh – which was judged to be a knock-on by the officials – was key.

“We burned a couple of chances, and I thought they might get us in the end,” said Betts.

“On reflection having had time to think it through, the biggest play was the one with Robert Lui: I thought he pulled the ball out from Stefan’s grasp.

“If he scores that there, it’s a two-try lead, which could have been key.”

Betts confirmed post-match that half-back/hooker Aaron Heremaia has a hamstring injury and will be assessed this week.

For more reaction to Widnes’ defeat to Salford – including more from Betts – make sure to pick up a copy of Monday’s League Express.