St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf has said he expects their match against Catalans Dragons on Saturday to be their toughest test of the season so far.
Saints currently lead the way with six straight victories to start the season, while Catalans are in third with five wins and one defeat. That defeat came at the hands of Warrington Wolves.
Woolf said there were a side playing with confidence and quality.
He said: “I think it probably is (their biggest test of the season so far). They are playing well, and they beat a really good Hull FC side away last time.
“That’s going to give them a lot of confidence. When you are playing a side that is full of quality and full confidence at the same time, it is a good challenge.
“We are in the same boat. We are confident about what we are doing, and we see it is a great challenge and one we are looking forward to.”
Meanwhile, it will be the first time Saints have travelled to Catalans during COVID times, after their 2020 meeting was cancelled.
Woolf was keen to play down the travelling of the trip, adding: “It’s not too different to be honest. It’s a couple of hours on a flight, and when you go to Hull it’s a couple of hours on a bus.
“All players, whether it’s here or in the NRL, are used to travelling and getting their heads around it and getting off a plane or a bus to perform.
“I don’t think its a factor at all to be honest.”