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Widnes Vikings surprise Super League with unbeaten start

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Clarke played a pivotal role in the win
Clarke played a pivotal role in the win.

Widnes head coach Denis Betts admitted his happiness after his Vikings side won their third straight Super League match 32-18 at home to Salford on Thursday night. 

The win maintains the Vikings 100% start to the season, and showed yet again that they could be a real force this season. 

Last week they beat the 2013 League Leaders Shield winners Huddersfield 22-20 in a tight match, and this week it was the Red Devils turn to feel the might of the Vikings as they pulled away in the second-half.

"It's a great start. We are only three games in but I'm happy with our performances and the resilience we are showing to get results after going behind on the scoreboard," Betts told Sky Sports.

"We've got lots of character. We understand what we are about and keep working towards those goals. We know that effort is something we can't afford to lack.

"I thought tonight we were a little bit scrappy in the first (half). We got a bit edgy when a couple of tries didn't go our way when we thought we'd scored, then it became a fight.

"Salford showed a lot of resilience tonight too. On the back of last week when everybody was talking about how they didn't play that well I thought they came here tonight and really got stuck into us."

The wins means Widnes have made their best ever start to a Super League season, and it adds to the disappointing opening for the Red Devils of whom so much was expected.

Kevin Brown was the architect of much of the Vikings attacking play and he also grabbed a brace of tries for himself. 

New signing Danny Tickle again impressed with his strong running lines off the edge and he slotted over seven out of seven kicks to seal the game for the Vikings.   

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Salford City Reds
Widnes Vikings
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