Denis Betts press conference

Denis Betts press conference

17th January 2017

Following the 30-0 pre-season victory over Halifax RLFC, Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts spoke to the media.

Denis Betts on the 30-0 victory over Halifax RLFC - “30-0, you can’t knock that. What you saw today. We’ve actually only trained twice in the last three months in the rain, so I thought we adapted really well to the conditions. It was scrappy in the first half because of not being able to pass the ball. Halifax wanted to get in the way and work really hard and they defended pretty well on their goal line. 

“Half-time wasn’t bothered about the scoreboard, we was more bothered about what we did. Like how we finished our sets, how we played defensively, and all the stuff you go into pre-season wanting to get out of it, I saw that today.

“All the little things that nobody really claps or cheers about, I thought we did that really well today.”

Denis on Danny Craven - “You saw Danny Craven today, It’s been one of those really tough ones with Danny, he’s always had that kind of ability in him, he’s just got to believe he can handle it at this level or handle playing in a Super League environment. I think he’s got some maturity under his belt and he’s got experience in the Championship and been on loan a few times. 

"He’s trained really well throughout pre-season and you saw him today. He’s probably got the best left foot in the competition, and that’s all competitions, I don’t think anyone kicks the ball better than Danny Craven. That’s putting some pressure on him but you saw today, he’s strong defensively, can handle himself and carries the ball really well. He’s give me some opportunities in terms of competition and he’s making it hard not to pick him.”

Watch Denis' full interview above.

The Vikings will be looking to retain the Karalius Cup for the third year running as they face St Helens on Sunday 22nd January 2017 in their final game of their pre-season schedule, kick-off 3pm. 

The Vikings ran out 30-16 winners in the corresponding fixture last season with an impressive all round team display and will be looking for more of the same as they return to the Totally Wicked Stadium in 2017.

St Helens (A)

Members Price

Adults - £10 

Concession - £8 

Young Adult - £8 

Junior - £5

General Advanced Ticket Price

Adult - £12 

Concession - £10 

Young Adult - £10 

Junior - £6

Karalius Cup tickets are on sale until the 21st January 2017.

All tickets are available to purchase from the Vikings Superstore, located within Tesco Extra, Widnes or by calling 0151 495 2250

Denis Betts press conference