Vikings begin life after Betts with Catalans loss

By Tom Webber 10 June 2018 283
Vikings begin life after Betts with Catalans loss

Interim boss Francis Cummins failed to inspire Widnes Vikings as they went down 32-12 to Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.

Cummins stepped up to take charge following the departure of Denis Betts, who was sacked after eight years at the club following a woeful start to the Super League season.

Rhys Hanbury and James Chapelhow returned for Widnes as Cummins made five changes to the line-up, and they appeared inspired introductions in the early stages.

Chapelow touched down after Greg Bird spilled Aaron Heremaia's grubber-kick and Hanbury dived over to make it 10-0 inside 16 minutes.

But the Dragons surged back and were 12-10 ahead at the interval courtesy of scores from Tony Gigot and Brayden Wiliame – with a second successful conversion from Josh Drinkwater proving the difference.

Patrick Ah Van levelled things up but Catalans broke clear through Remi Casty and Super League debutant Kenny Edwards, a controversial signing from Parramatta Eels, before Fouad Yaha punished Joe Mellor's fumble to complete a comfortable win.

Following Huddersfield Giants' victory over Leeds Rhinos on Friday, the Vikings are now seven points adrift of the top eight.

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