Yates' verdict: Ruthless efficiency after a tepid opening

Head coach Kristian Woolf must have felt he had the powers of a clairvoyant masterminding Saints' third successive Betfred Super League victory of the season on Friday night.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 10:15 am
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 10:16 am
Jack Welsby takes on the Wakefield defence. Picture: SWPix

In the build up to the clash against Wakefield Trinity at the Totally Wicked Stadium, the Aussie suggested that the defending champions faced a tough test against their Yorkshire rival but then added that the Tykes had a tendency to fall away, especially in the second half of games,

His comments couldn't have been more accurate! St Helens were denied any kind of breakthrough in a pointless opening 40 minutes and a little lucky to retain parity after being under the cosh in the early stages - not helped by the sin-binning of James Bentley.

But whatever was said in the privacy of the dressing room area at the interval - if anything - they re-emerged in a different frame of mind and six tries and five goals in the space of just over half an hour led to a 34-6 triumph and told its own story.

It was ruthlessly efficient after a tepid opening but the demanding Woolf will want more consistency from his players, if possible, over the full 80 minutes as Saints bids for a hat-trick of Grand Final triumphs.

Huddersfield Giants are next on the agenda at the John Smith's Stadium on Thursday (kick-off 7.45pm) and while they have lost all three league matches to date, they can be a handful on home soil.

It is also a dress rehearsal for their Betfred Challenge Cup quarter final tie at Headingley next month and will add spice to the occasion.