Foden says Saints can restore pride against Ulster

BAD NIGHT - Ben Foden is desperate to put last week's humbling at the hands of Ulster behind him (Picture: Linda Dawson)
BAD NIGHT - Ben Foden is desperate to put last week's humbling at the hands of Ulster behind him (Picture: Linda Dawson)
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Ben Foden says there is a ‘big belief’ in the Saints squad that they can push Ulster all the way at Ravenhill on Saturday.

Foden and Co head to Belfast looking to fare better than they did last Friday, when the RaboDirect PRO12 table-toppers won 25-6 at Franklin’s Gardens.

It was a real struggle throughout for Saints as they failed to break down the opposition, who claimed their 13th win in as many games this season.

Few people are giving Jim Mallinder’s men a chance of doing much better on Saturday, but Foden believes he and his team-mates are capable of springing a surprise.

He said: “There’s a big belief in our squad that we can go and test them at Ravenhill.

“A lot of people will write us off, which is probably a good thing.

“We’re probably at our most dangerous when teams take us for granted and we’ll be looking to put in a big performance this weekend.”

Last Friday’s defeat hurt the Saints players and their pain was compounded by the fact the Irish outfit claimed a maximum haul with a late try.

Foden admits his side played nowhere near their potential and he wants them to show their true colours this weekend.

“I think that it stung so much that we were at home and conceded four tries,” said the England full-back.

“We didn’t play well as a team but Ulster did. Obviously we’ll bridge that gap if we perform to our potential.

“It’s a big ask to go to Ravenhill and beat an undefeated side, a strong side as well who have had a successful season both in the Heineken Cup and in the Rabo.

“For us it’s pride, it’s getting things back on track. We’re a very proud side, we want to be performing.

“The performance on Friday let us down, individually and as a team. There’s no finger pointing individually, we sat down and took the blame as a team.

“We know we’ve got to make things better.”