Josh ready for Dragons’ lair

Josh Jones
Josh Jones

IT may not quite be a case of storming the Bastille, but Josh Jones is steeling himself to enter a French “dungeon” as Saints seek their third successive Super League win when they face the Catalan Dragons at Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old, who is equally at home as a centre or second row forward, is hoping he and his team-mates can build on last week’s morale-boosting 22-16 home victory over arch-rivals Wigan Warriors and help cement a place in the end-of season play-offs.

Jones said: “The Dragons’ form of late has not been too impressive but you write them off at your peril.

“It is like playing in a dungeon when you visit the south of France. Their fans are so passionate and the team aways seem to raise their game against top sides like St Helens.

“It will be tough but it represents another massive week for us after our success against Wigan. It was a result which shocked a few people - and the way we celebrated at the end told its own story.

“We were kicking the ball all over the place in sheer joy, hugging and jumping on top of each other and milking the occasion the best we could with our fans who were tremendous on the night.”

The former Chorley Pathers youngster, who made his senior debut against Warrngton Wolves on March 30 last year, added: “We trained today (Monday) ahead of the trip to France and not surprisingly everyone was in a buoyant and positive mood, but the senior players quickly brought us down to earth and reminded us that we were only as good as our next game.”