Yates' verdict: Saints throw down the gauntlet as Mose watches on
It turned out to be a feast of football fit to serve before a king - and left one of the main beneficiaries purring with sheer delight.
Both Saints and Hull KR stepped up to the plate in round two of the Betfred Super League season at the Totally Wicked Stadium last night in a match dedicated to spinal injury victim Mose Masoe who played for both clubs between 2014 and 2020.
''I think it will be a case of sitting on the fence today,'' said the Samoan international prop forward, who suffered career-ending damage in a pre-season friendly at Craven Park in January of last year and since then the Rugby League world has rallied round to help him financially.
''A draw would be the best result for me, but I really enjoyed the match,'' he added.
No doubt under different circumstance Mose would have been playing in the Battle of the Roses but could only watch from the Sky TV gantry as defending champions St Helens maintained their 100 per cent start to the new campaign with a 25-0 victory.
It was a highly flattering final score line after Kristian Woolf 's boys had raced into a 10-0 lead with only seven minutes on the clock - and everyone expecting a non-stop onslaught.
But from that point on, St Helens had to defend as much as their Humberside rivals and it was only in the latter stages that their superior strength and qualities shone through.
They have certainly become a mean machine under the Aussie head coach - keeping the Robins scoreless after the previous Friday's 29-6 triumph over Salford Red Devils which speaks for itself.
Only one try conceded in 160 minutes of Rugby League action throws down the gauntlet to the other 11 title contenders.