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Devil of a job for Betts’ men
VIKINGS will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season when they entertain big-spending Salford Red Devils on Thursday, 8pm.
Denis Betts’ men will be buoyed by last Friday’s triumph over Huddersfield in which they showed tremendous fighting spirit.
But they will have it all to do again on Thursday against a side that is packed with power in the middle, nous at half back and pace on the flanks.
Betts, however, was not focusing too heavily on the visitors ahead of the game.
He said: “Salford are work in progress and we have to be at our best.
“We will focus on ourselves and be aware of what they are capable of.
“Salford have been in Super League a long time.
“They have recruited 14 quality players. We have to be aware of that. Their combinations will take time.”
Salford field a big team – with veterans Adrian Morley and Tony Puletua, plus the likes of Lama Tasi and Darrell Griffin all taking some holding.
But Vikings overcame a significant size disadvantage last week and proved it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
“Huddersfield will be competing in semi-final and finals and at the top of the league this year so to beat them is good for our confidence.
“We just need to have to have the right attitude and keep improving.”
Although Vikings have yet to hit any away games, they can be pleased with the way the year has started without getting carried away.
Betts continued: “We have two wins from two and we will certainly take that but I’m sure Cas will say the same as they’ve got three wins from three.
“You look at the squad now and we’ve got competition for places and everyone is fighting for a spot as we’ve developed players.
“It’s about our ability to perform. What's more important to me is our focus and concentrate on what we are doing.
“That’s always been the same for us, going back two years. I’m not interested in the opposition.
“The focus is getting our own house in order first.”
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