Betts keeps Widnes's feet on ground after Super League party
Saturday 02 April 2011
There will be a mood of celebration at Widnes tomorrow afternoon, but the York City Knights will be the first of a series of guests bent upon spoiling the party.
The Championship fixture is the first since Widnes were awarded a Super League licence in midweek and their coach, Denis Betts, knows exactly what to expect. "Everyone is going to want to beat us now," he said. "They already did, but now they will raise their game even more. It's going to be very difficult for the rest of the season."
The Vikings have earned their Super League place despite, rather than because of their Championship form. They are below halfway in the table after back-to-back defeats, culminating in last week's 56-18 loss at Leigh.
"I know that the drama about the licence shouldn't have got to them, but, being realistic, it did," Betts said. "Now it's important to get back on an even keel. Everyone says, 'Let's go up as champions.' That would be nice, but it's not the most important thing."
Widnes's neighbours, Warrington, were among the first to congratulate them on their elevation. "We all look forward to reinstating the local derbies and what we know will be sell-out games," said the Wolves' chief executive, Andy Gatcliffe.
Warrington can consolidate their position on top of Super League if they can beat the Catalan Dragons tomorrow. Their coach, Tony Smith, has hinted at possible changes, with Mike Cooper, Chris Riley and Rhys Williams all waiting patiently for a chance to break into a winning team.
Huddersfield should keep up the pressure at home to Wakefield, but the Wildcats' coach, John Kear, has predicted that they have "every chance" of springing a surprise if they match their recent displays. Harlequins attempt to pull out of their recent slump when they go to Bradford.
Latest in Sport
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Compare the Barcelona and Real Madrid players in El Clasico
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Jose Mourinho to push for Diego Costa to play at Old Trafford
Sunderland vs Arsenal: Premier League match preview
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Why will the first 15 minutes of El Clasico not be shown on British TV?
- 1 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 4 Queen's first tweet: Reply telling Her Majesty to 'f*** off' broadcast on BBC News
- 5 #AskNigelFarage: Twitter starts hilarious Q&A for Ukip leader
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year