St Helens came from behind to defeat a spirited Wakefield Trinity 20-16 at Headingley.
Wakefield took the lead after nine minutes, as Alex Walker collected a kick from Reece Lyne to score. Ryan Hampshire converted for a six point lead.
Trinity doubled their advantage 10 minutes later, as Craig Kopzcak took in a pass and barged his way over. Hampshire converted once again.
Saints needed to hit back, and they did just after the half hour mark, as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook attacked the line and went over under the posts. Lachlan Coote converted to half the deficit.
It was two tries in five minutes for the champions as Josh Simm got an offload away right on the touchline, and got the ball to Coote, who scored. The Scottish international then hit the post with the conversion.
The champions took the lead just after the hour, as Regan Grace took in a looping pass from Jonny Lomax and came inside to score. Coote was off target again with the conversion.
With the clock winding down, Saints got another try as Lomax supported a break from James Roby, and then fed Coote for his second. Coote was back on target with the conversion.
The final word would go to Wakefield, as Matty Ashurst powered his way over. Hampshire hit the post with the conversion.
Both sides play each other again at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next Thursday.