SAINTS centre Mark Percival should have more reason than most to bounce into Sunday’s home clash against Catalans after scoring the winning score last weekend.

But his feet remain firmly on the ground for a game against a Dragons outfit that traditionally provide a tough, physical test.

Percival, a Grand Final winner in 2014, knows the Saints have to make sure they tread over this potential banana skin if they are to get back to Old Trafford this year.

The England centre said: “Catalans have improved in the last two games.

“Even though they have lost, they have been there or thereabouts nearly winning.

“They are a quality side and physically they give it to you. They are not soft.”

Saints’ win against Hull leaves them four points off the top four with nine games to play in the season.

But having clawed things back so many times already this year, Percival knows that the margin for slip ups has now gone even if some of the teams above them have begun to drop points.

“We have got to put in performances now and in the Super 8s.

“But we are all willing to work hard and get those wins in the back end of the year,” he said.

Percival came back from his one-match suspension to score two fine tries - including one from an impossible position.

The try came after Saints had been under the cosh and were holding a slender two-point lead.

Then from a Luke Thompson break, Theo Fages chipped wide for Percival to strike in the tightest of spaces.

Percival explained: “I did not really think about it much. I just tried to pat it forward so I could get it into my two hands.

“When I attempted to get it down my first opinion was, because I was so near the line, that something must have been in touch.

“I have never scored like that before, so when I watched it back it felt nice.

“I had made a couple of errors myself and had missed the catch which gave them the try that got them back in it.

“So I was happy to get the chance to pay one back because I did not want to let them down.

“It was a tough game and was happy to come away with the points.”

Percival had missed the game at Leeds the previous week after being suspended for a daft incident in the Salford game when he kicked the ball away after a try - and it struck the referee.

Missing their first choice goalkicker, Saints lost by one missed conversion.

“I was fuming missing the Leeds game. It was my fault, I should not have done it.

“It was weird to be sat watching at home. It felt like I had let the boys down,” he said.