Catalans winger Pat Richards says the Dragons are not getting carried away with their great start to the season and know there’s plenty of hard work to come.
Catalans are equal second on the Super League ladder with Warrington on 16 points, Wigan top on 18, and have won their past six games in a row.
“If someone would have said we would be there (near the top) at this stage we probably would have taken it because we’re such a new side and we’ve got a lot of new players in our team,” Rtchards told Love Rugby League.
“But we realize we’ve got a lot of guys in our side with experience, we know nothing’s done yet at this stage of the year.
“It’s about setting your season up and we’re happy with that now but we know there’s definitely a lot of work to do.”
Richards is one of those new faces after leaving West Tigers to join the French club at the end of 2015.
The veteran has crossed for six tries in 10 games this season and leads the competition in goals with 39.
Catalans host Salford this Saturday in Perpignan.
“Our prep’s going pretty well, we’re pretty happy where we’re sitting at the moment but we know it’s only early days in the season,” Richards said.
“Everyone’s just looking forward to the next game. There’s a really good feeling in the camp.”
The Dragons beat the Red Devils 12-26 at Easter at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Richards is expecting another difficult encounter on the weekend.
“We actually had a tough game against them on Good Friday,” the 34-year old said.
“We know what they’re all about, they’re a pretty-well structured side.
“Tim Sheens is over there, I know he’s not coaching, but he’s had an influence on that side.
“We know we’re going to have to be at our best and it’s going to be a great game.”