1. Saints' win at Warrington on Friday was just what the game needed - first versus second, with both sides going at it hammer and tongs.

It did produce plenty of talking points - the biggest of which was the third minute collision between Wolves big man Sitaleki Akauola and hooker Aaron Smith, which saw the young Saints carried off on a stretcher.

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Saints boss Justin Holbrook followed on from Chris Chester the previous week at calling for the running style of Akauola to be looked at.

The first thing to recognise is that Akauola has done nothing wrong within the laws of the game. He is perfectly entitled to turn his body into such a position that he leads with the shoulder to pole-axe the unwitting defender.

Bigger men than Smith have come a cropper with Hull prop Scott Taylor and young Wakefield front rower Titus Gwaze suffering in previous games.

Holbrook's view is that the shoulder charge was outlawed for defenders, and queries why that is still ok for ball carriers.

It is a problem - if every ball carrier adopted Akauola's approach the stretcher carriers are going to get pretty busy. So we can see the why it is a player welfare issue.

But for as long as there have been collisions in rugby the ball carriers have always sought to use their own physical attributes to fend - the George Nicholls vee was legendary, and anyone remember Nick Fozzard's fend to bounce Wire enforcer Adrian Morley into cloud cuckoo land.

The most common riposte to the situation is for players to go back to leg tackling. It is something players are taught to do as kids, but due to the need to stop the offload and prevent the second phase nobody really does anymore.

So it is tough, we don't want to see players hurt - but legislating against a shoulder charge could be more problematic than one for tacklers.

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2. If Akauola's fend was legal, there was a fair bit of other stuff that went on during the game - whether it was the raised elbow into the face of Alex Walmsley, the attempted elbow/shoulder challenge on Tommy Makinson and the iffy tackle around the neck of Mark Percival from Chris Hill.

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3. Jonny Lomax - what a game he had in helping keep a steady hand on the tiller when the Saints were under some considerable pressure.

It was arguably his two pieces of brilliance that led to Saints levelling and then taking the lead.

The first saw him dummy and dart to pierce the line ahead of the Mark Percival score.

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The second saw him kick high and then time his tackle to perfection to smash Jake Mamo causing the ball to spill into the arms of a grateful Luke Thompson.

4. It had been a tough old game for that first hour in particular, and the Wolves front row really gave it to Big Al and Luke Thompson in that first stint.

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But a relieving stint from Matty Lees, who really earned his spurs, followed by the return of a rejuvenated Big Al for an outstanding second stint saw Saints hang in then turn the screw.

It was clear by the amount of times Warrington kicked for touch that they were gulping and playing to hang on, while Saints were looking fit, fresh and threatening.

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5. Big Al crowned his fine second stint with a fine gallop to the line for the try.

Before the game he had brushed off the suggestions that returning to the scene of his broken neck incident for the first time would play on him.

But these fellas must be ultra professional not to let that come to the forefront of their minds when they see a young teammate being placed in a neck-brace and carted off right in front of their eyes.

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6. So after all the build up and hype a big crowd saw Saints take the spoils. So that is 2-0 so far - and the teams will definitely meet again in the loop fixture in August.

And then, potentially it could get silly. The sides could meet at Wembley and then quite conceivable could meet in the play-off semi and final. So that is potentially four times in 10 weeks.

If they are the two best teams, then that cannot be helped - that is the way it is set up but there is a danger it could over-egg the pudding.

If both sides do make it Wembley - particularly if Saints still have something like an eight-point lead - then you would expect a fair bit of shadow boxing for that third league game.