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Betts targets two wins to avoid wooden spoon
VIKINGS boss Denis Betts has targeted two wins from the club’s remaining games in their maiden season back in the top flight with a determination running through the ranks not to end the campaign at the foot of the table.
But it is not an easy run-in, with Vikings travelling to the competition’s surprise form team Wakefield (6.45pm) on Sunday before wrapping up the year by entertaining Challenge Cup winners Warrington.
Sunday evening’s trip to west Yorkshire is a tough one, with the Wildcats’ late surge up the table giving them a fighting chance of making the play-offs.
Wakefield currently have the longest winning run in Super League – coming out on top in their last five games, including the high profile scalps of Leeds, Saints and Huddersfield.
It is form like that which Betts believe that his opposite number Richard Agar should be rewarded with the coach of the year title.
Betts said: “Wakefield have been great this year. Richard Agar is my coach of the season with what he has pulled together. He has done a sensational job – they have loads of structure and some really good players in there. “Within that half back Tim Smith has been sensational – and their halves generally have been more solid since they brought Paul Sykes in from Bradford.”
Looking at his own team, he has Joe Mellor, Steve Pickersgill and Chris Dean all back, fit and ready to go.
That is not to say they are all guaranteed selection, with Danny Craven’s form in recent weeks giving Betts a selection headache at number six.
“I am really happy with the way Danny Craven attitude has been since he came back into the side after a long time out. I want to create an environment where there is competition for places and people have to play well every week to keep their spots.
“We are starting to see that. It is unfortunate that it has taken us to this stage of the season – with two games to go – to get that very often,” Betts said.
Betts confirmed that both wing Patrick Ah Van and big prop Ben Cross will be out for remainder of the season in which he has set his sights on two out of two.
“That would give us a really good footing to cap our surge in the second part of the season and that could put us third from the bottom. “We are looking at getting off the bottom and to do that we have to get a win.
“We have worked the players hard this week and a lot of them have got themselves ready to be in contention to play,” Betts said.
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