St Helens defeated Warrington 20-16 in game two of day two of Magic Weekend.
The defending champions hadn’t won at the event since 2010 but went second after edging out the Wolves in a thrilling game at St James’ Park.
Warrington led 16-8 at half time but were kept scoreless in the second half and lost for the second time in their last three Super League matches.
St Helens threatened first when Tommy Makinson broke the Wolves line, but his pass inside to Shannon McDonnell was cut out by Ben Currie, saving a certain try.
The game was 10 minutes old when Stefan Ratchford put Warrington in front; Currie’s short pass put the half-back through a gap and over on the left-hand side.
Ben Harrison doubled the advantage after a brilliant reverse kick through by youngster Declan Patton caught out McDonnell and Harrison did well to collect the ball and touch down.
Ratchford missed both conversion attempts by some way giving the Wolves just an eight point lead.
Saints got themselves on the board on 20 minutes through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s sixth try of the season. Jon Wilkin’s kick was partially blocked by Harrison, but the ball took a wicked bounce past Ratchford giving the former London Bronco an easy try. Makinson goaled to cut the deficit to just two points.
Hooker James Roby returned to the field following that touch down after passing concussion checks following an earlier incident.
Makinson then kicked a penalty awarded after Ben Westwood was adjudged to have had a second effort on Josh Jones, though the Saints centre appeared to have milked it a little.
Ryan Atkins scored in his seventh different Magic Weekend to restore Wire’s lead 12 minutes from the break. Daryl Clark, Patton and Richie Myler combined to send Atkins over for his fourth touch down of the season. Chris Bridge took over kicking duties and added the extras before kicking a penalty four minutes from the break.
Both sides squandered chances at the start of the second half. First, Myler went through a hole in the Saints line in his own half but couldn’t quite get to the try line. He threw a pass to Monaghan when he was caught, but Saints managed to get back in numbers to keep out the Wolves.
Three minutes later Jordan Turner broke through two attempted tackles before being cut down just short of the line at the other end.
But the defending champions did score on the back of a Turner break just minutes later. The 26 year-old centre shook off Westwood’s tackle before passing out left to Swift to score.
They took the lead for the first time in the game just before the hour, after Roy Asotasi attempted an ill-advised offload as Warrington tried to bring the ball away from their own line. From the resulting possession Wilkin dived over from close range and Makinson’s goal made it 18-16 to St Helens.
Gene Ormsby was denied a sensational try by the video referees eight minutes from time. Harrison offloaded from the ground after being tackled by Amor, but his ball carrying arm just brushed the grass and the officials judged that the tackle had been completed. Ormsby had spectacularly grounded the ball in the corner, but to no avail.
Makinson slotted over a penalty five minutes from the hooter to edge Saints further ahead, and they managed to see out the remainder of the match to clinch the victory.