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Rugby League

Denis Betts rues loss after brawl sparks revival for Castleford


Widnes head coach Denis Betts admitted his side failed to handle their emotions as they threw away a half-time lead to slip to a 34-22 defeat at high-flying Castleford.

Betts cited a mass brawl at the beginning of the second half as a turning point in the game, claiming that the opposition controlled things from that point onwards after Widnes had lead 12-10.

“It was the fight really that changed the game,” Betts said. “Jack Owens makes an error in the first half and they swoop on it. The game was really close, and they just handled their emotions a little bit better after the melee.” Castleford’s comeback was partly down to Luke Dorn, who marked his return from six weeks out with two second-half tries.

London Broncos crashed to their 14th successive Super League loss of the season after suffering a 48-16 defeat at Hull KR. Warrington’s Ben Currie scored two tries as his side crushed Wakefield 36-4.