SAINTS will have no 'fatigue' issues going to Friday night's Super League semi-final against Catalans Dragons - 21 days since their last encounter.

If anything there should only be a slight concern over their battle-hardness for this do-or-die tussle against the fired-up French side, who produced a typically robust display to dispatch Leeds in the eliminators.

For Saints boss Kristian Woolf having two blank weekends, after the regular season was prematurely halted, has enabled the team to focus on what they need to do, as freshen up from that gruelling period that culminated in that tough contest with Wigan.

Woolf said: "It has been such a hectic season that it has been good to have a couple of weeks off.

"Once the season got rolling there was a lot of short turnarounds and a lot going on in general with everything that comes with the Covid situation, the testing and the add ons.

"Being able to have that pause and just concentrate on ourselves is what we have been able to do, as well as freshen up.

"Our players will feel really fresh and confident coming into this game."

Woolf is anticipating the blood and thunder intensity of the business end of this troubled campaign to continue and go up a notch, with a place in the Grand Final in sight.

"In both matches last week we saw high-intensity, high-energy games for really long periods and that is what finals footy is.

"The type of footy you are seeing at the moment is the type of game we thrive in – a high energy, back and forth type of game.

"We can’t wait for it and our blokes to get out there because they are champing at the bit.

"This is the time of year where you want to be playing – and when you get your best footy."

This is Saints' last chance of leaving the season with silverware having lost a tough game to Sydney Roosters early on and then suffering a Challenge Cup knockout in September.

They had a grip on the League Leaders Shield, but their last two defeats handed that piece of silverware to Wigan.

Woolf believes lessons have been learned on the way this year as the season approaches its climax.

"In terms of what we have learned, we learned plenty out of the loss to Warrington – a game we played well in for 60-70 minutes but had a 10-15 minute spell where we dropped off and allowed three tries due to errors with and without the ball.

"In big games you can't do that and that is something we won't make the same again.

"In terms of the League Leaders, if you would have told me that the season would be cut short we would approached the Salford game differently but we had to make that call on what we had in front of us.

"That, along with other losses, came back to bite us," he said.