Vikings ‘second best’, says Betts

Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts admits his side were “second best” during their semi-final defeat to Castleford Tigers, saying the team were outplayed throughout.

The Vikings slumped to a disappointing 28-6 against the Tigers to ensure they wouldn’t be heading to Wembley for the cup final, and Betts admitted errors cost his side dearly.

“There wasn’t much in it early on, but we were finding ourselves second best for a lot of the contact areas. We made a couple of errors and they scored a try,” Betts said.

“We dropped the ball off a real simple kick and it’s 10-0 before we’ve even got into the game. They started to play with the ball a bit better from then on and we couldn’t get any good field position.

“If I’m honest i though Cas played really well; they kicked well and played witth energy, and we ended up being second best. You’ve got to hold your hands up some time and admit you’ve been outplayed.”

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