Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts praised his sides strength in depth after Sunday’s Karalius Cup win over St Helens.
The Vikings defeated Saints 30-16 at Langtree Park, with Rhys Hanbury (2), Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White and Paddy Flynn scoring for the visitors.
New signing Corey Thompson claimed one try assist and three goals as the Vikings won a hard-fought contest.
“It was a really strong performance,” Betts told the Vikings’ official website. “We missed a couple of chances we could have taken as well.”
“To see Sam Brooks out on the field; a 16 year-old kid in Danny Walker filling in for Aaron Heremaia who got sick this morning, it just gives you a good feeling that there’s strength throughout our squad, lads that can come in and keep us strong.”
The Vikings made a slow start to Super League last season, winning just one of their first five games, and Betts is keen his side make a better start this year:
“The signs are good, but we have to turn those real feel good factors into points early in the year.
“It’s a tough, tough start for us – three away games in our first month and Leeds at home, so we know we’ve got a big challenge ahead of us.”