SAINTS captain James Roby paid tribute to the club’s faithful supporters after their record-breaking attendance in the South of France, writes Nathan Okell.

Although returning to the UK without the two points, the travelling support was the biggest the club have ever taken to Perpignan.

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And Roby stated how much the players appreciate their support and dedication.

“Going into the game against Catalan, we knew as players that we were taking over the most we had ever took and that was fantastic for us,” he said.

“It was great to know that so many people want to be a part of our journey this year, and to be so vocal before and throughout the game was brilliant.

“We know it’s not cheap to go over there and support us, especially having to fit the trip around work and life commitments, and we do really appreciate it.

“We’re all in this together and having a record number of fans coming across is great for the club and great for the sport.”

Despite falling to a 18-10 defeat in monsoon-like conditions, Roby believes the loss has not been detrimental to the mood in camp.

“We’re obviously disappointed that we lost the game, but we didn’t go over there and get hammered and not turn up or work hard,” added the hooker.

“It was a very close fought game and the conditions did play a part, but having said that we have to give credit to Catalans for winning the game.

“The effort was there but we definitely have a few improvements we can make, and we’re straight back on the horse with a top of the table clash on Friday.”