Tough Test Ahead

KEIRON Purtill believes the right mental attitude is essential in securing the points in Catalans.

The Saints travel to Perpignan to take on the Dragoons aiming to get back on track following the defeat to Warrington last week.

“Catalan haven’t had the greatest starts to the season, but gained a great win last weekend at Hull KR,” Saints assistant coach said. “They have brought in a lot of players and have a new coach and I think they have taken time to gel.

“But going there is never easy and we’ll be expecting a tough physical game. We need defensively to be on top and the right mentality is key.”

And Saints expect Leon Pryce to be back for the game as their walking wounded get back to full fitness.

“Leon is important for the team not just as an attacking player because of his offloads and breaks, but for the organisation skill he brings to the side too. He is an experienced player,” Kieron said. “He is 99 per cent certain to be back for the match providing he shows no reaction from training this week.

“James Graham took some whacks at the Warrington game – some intentional, some not – but he is getting used to that. He is a pivotal player for us and will always attract that type of attention. He’s tough enough to get over them now and get stuck into Catalans.

“Paul Wellens is good to go too. His rib problem is more to do with pain management. We’re also expecting Josh Perry and Gary Wheeler to return in the next two weeks too.

“Perry has been training with the players for a while and to be honest we are trying to hold him back. Gary has responded well to treatment and the key for him is to string some games together so he can put pressure on others around him.”


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