Betts to stick with Vikings side

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts could name an unchanged side for Sunday’s visit of Hunslet to the Stobart Stadium.

Widnes emerged unscathed from last week’s 44-16 win at Sheffield. Betts said: “We’ve got a full squad to select from, and that’s a nice situation to be in at this stage of the year.”

On Hunslet Hawks, Betts added: “I know the March boys are going to be playing in a very tenacious, competitive team.

“Hunslet are going to be working really hard, they’re going to compete and they’ll make you fight for everything you get.”

But Betts was left impressed by his side’s demolition of Sheffield last week, and is hoping for a repeat performance.

He said: “I’ve been pretty happy with the way we’ve gone over the last four or five weeks. We knew Sheffield would be physical and tough, but we handled it well.

“The attitude of the players was outstanding. We played well, had good shape, and showed real resilience on our line.”

Hunslet’s Dave Clayton (groin) is the visitors’ major injury doubt. Adam Sullivan (facial injury) will be assessed later in the week.

Hawks coach Paul March has called for his side to be more aggressive in defence following last week’s 28-28 draw with York.

He said: “The main focus we’ve had over the last few weeks has been defence and we let ourselves down on Sunday. Even in the first half we weren’t as good as we have been.

“We sat back rather than be aggressive and get off our line. If we can sort our defence out, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

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