Vikings were not up to scratch, claims Betts

Widnes boss Denis Betts described his side as ‘below par’ after watching them get on the wrong end of a Catalan Dragons thumping in Perpignan yesterday.

The Vikings conceded 40 points for the first time this season in their loss to the French outfit, who have finally look to have hit form after slow start.

Betts said: “We had some very disappointing performances out there – both individually and as a group. Catalans had a lot of purpose about what they did and they did it very well. They got their arms free to offload, and Morgan Escare was very, very dangerous.

“Two of their first four tries were from kick-returns and that is not us at all this year. This year our kick chase has been really good, and our percentage of good ball on the back of our kick chase has been very high. Today we were trying to get going and looking for someone to spark us into life – but it just didn’t come.”

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