Widnes coach Betts lauds late Haggerty try at Hunslet

Denis Betts
Betts won the man of steel award in 1995

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts has paid tribute to second-row Kurt Haggerty after his dramatic late try secured a 24-22 win at Hunslet Hawks.

Haggerty, 22, scored in the final minute to ensure Widnes remained fifth in the Championship table.

Betts told BBC Radio Merseyside: "He'd been great all game, and then he sticks it in at the corner and we get a win.

"In the second-half we upped the tempo. They frustrated us and showed a lot of desire to keep us off their line."

He added: "It was a great win at the end because we stuck at it and got the victory."

The Vikings have now won their last four league games and moved three points clear of sixth-placed Barrow, but Betts was far from pleased with the overall performance.

"We got a little bit insular with our passing game," he continued.

"We came in at half-time and we were below 50-per-cent completion.

"You can't get anywhere near a game if you're not keeping hold of it for more than half the time."

The Vikings coach also said that the correct attitiude would be crucial to securing a top-six spot.

"That's got to be the foundations we work from," said Betts. "If you've not got the right attitude to run hard and tackle hard it doesn't make a lot of difference what you do and what you talk about."