Super League: St Helens claim comeback win at Wakefield
Last Updated: 23/03/14 5:46pm
Tom Makinson touches down for St Helens
St Helens came from 16-4 down at Wakefield to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season with a 24-16 victory that takes them back to the top of the table.
Saints were below their best in the absence of influential playmaker Luke Walsh, but turned the game on its head with four tries in a decisive 15-minute spell midway through the second half.
Among the tryscorers was centre Matty Dawson on his debut for Saints, who also had four forwards making their first appearances of the season.
Wakefield, with the wind at their backs, made the brighter start, with centre Jimmy Keinhorst having an early try disallowed for a forward pass, while prop Nick Scruton got over the line only to fail to ground the ball.
St Helens undid much of their promising build-up work with a lack of composure on the last tackle and their first try came from deep inside their own half.
An offload by Kyle Amor got full-back Jonny Lomax into space and, from the next play, centre Josh Jones finished off a break by winger Tom Makinson by pulling free from Reece Lyne's attempted tackle.
Makinson was wide with the conversion attempt but Saints almost increased their lead when loose forward Willie Manu reached the line only to be held up.
With half-backs Jarrod Sammut and Pita Godinet combining intelligently, Wakefield were always in the game and they drew level in the 29th minute when an inside pass from Matt Ryan, who had replaced the injured Keinhorst at right centre, got Danny Kirmond over for his side's first try.
The Wildcats were at their most dangerous on the counter-attack and the ever-alert Sammut swooped on a loose pass from St Helens hooker James Roby to get Lyne over for the try that put them in front four minutes before half-time.
Sammut added the goal to make it 10-4 at the break and was also on target two minutes into the second half after hooker Paul McShane forced his way over dummy-half for his first Wakefield try.
Trailing 16-4, Saints' perfect start looked set to end but they found their touch with four tries in a 15-minute spell.
Paul Wellens combined with Jon Wilkin to get second-rower Sia Soliola over in the 47th minute and then put in a kick that enabled Dawson to touch down.
Makinson was wide for the second time with the goal kick but the momentum was firmly with the visitors, who regained the lead in the 57th minute when Wilkin's short pass got substitute Joe Greenwood romping through a hole in the Wildcats defence.
Makinson kicked his second goal and then demonstrated aerial acrobatics to collect Wilkin's kick to the corner to touch down for his side's fifth try.
The fading Wildcats lost skipper Kirmond to injury in the 64th minute which paved the way for Australian half-back Harry Siejka to make his debut and eight minutes from the end had fellow second rower Ali Lauitiiti put on report for an ugly challenge on Lomax.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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