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.
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.