St Helens boosted by Wigan win ahead of trip to Catalans Dragons
Last Updated: 03/08/13 1:03pm
Nathan Brown: Saints refreshed after only two games in July
St Helens youngster Josh Jones is relishing a visit to the Catalan Dragons "dungeon" ahead of a crucial Super League clash on Saturday.
Saints revived their play-off hopes with a superb victory over high-flying Wigan last month which lifted them to seventh in the table.
The Dragons lie fifth and also have work to do to extend their season, and Jones is aware his team can expect a volatile atmosphere in Perpignan.
"It's like a dungeon down there, the fans are really passionate and the players are always up for it. It is going to be a really tough game."
Jones on Dragons
The 20-year-old centre or second row said: "The last few games they have lost but you never write them off, especially in France.
"It's like a dungeon down there, the fans are really passionate and the players are always up for it. It is going to be a really tough game.
"It is a massive week for us as a club and as a team but we are really up for it. We have looked good in training, everyone is really confident.
"The mood is so much better than it was. That game against Wigan was massive, it showed how much belief we have as a team.
"We can't lose focus now, at the back end of the year. Everyone is counting on us to do a job. That is what we have got to do, keep focused.
"As long as we can take it week by week, and continue to win, we will really be in there with a shot. I think we shocked a lot of people with the way we performed against Wigan."
Saints played only twice last month following their early exit from the Challenge Cup, but coach Nathan Brown believes his squad have benefitted from the extra time off.
He said: "After Wigan it may have been good to play but some blokes definitely needed a spell. It definitely helps your side freshen up, there is no doubt about that.
"Hopefully we can take the good parts of the Wigan game, and that good feeling after the game, and use it for the next game."