Saints full-back Foden knows Quins will be out for revenge

Ben Foden scored a dramatic late try against Harlequins at The Stoop last month (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Ben Foden scored a dramatic late try against Harlequins at The Stoop last month (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

The sight of Ben Foden will probably send a shiver down the spine of some of the Harlequins players this afternoon.

That is because the last time they cast eyes on him he was celebrating an unlikely last-gasp score at The Stoop, where Saints snatched a dramatic 27-23 win in February.

With the clock on 80 minutes and the ball in the hands of Quins fly-half Ben Botica, the game appeared to be over.

But, inexplicably, Botica tried to put the ball into the stands higher up the pitch than he needed to and the wind carried it into the hands of Foden.

The Saints full-back then started and finished a move that earned a vital victory for Saints, who would be below sixth-placed Quins in the standings had they lost that game.

And Foden knows Conor O’Shea’s men won’t exactly be full of Easter cheer when they see him and his team-mates at Franklin’s Gardens today.

“They might be struggling for a bit of confidence but they’ll want to get one back over us for the victory we stole from them at their place,” said the 30-year-old.

“It’ll be a good game!

“They’re going to have their international boys back so we’re going to need to put in a good performance.

“We’ve looked at the Exeter game, learned from it and we want to put in a good performance this week.”

As Foden alludes to, Saints will have their own point to prove after surrendering a 12-3 half-time lead to lose 20-12 at Exeter Chiefs last Sunday.

And they know that they cannot afford to slip up at home as they attempt to hunt down Leicester Tigers, who leapfrogged Jim Mallinder’s men in the standings last weekend.

“We’re taking steps forward,” Foden said. “We lost a few players to internationals during the Six Nations but we’ve got some wins.

“We need to make sure we win the next few games at home and sneak an away win somewhere to get back in that top four.

“We’ve won five from seven, but we know we haven’t had the best season. Our away form, especially against the lower sides in the league, has been poor.

“We need to start running games and putting form together.

“Five wins from seven is good and we need to make sure we don’t get dejected after that Exeter defeat and we keep going forward.

“Anything can happen in the last five games and if we can sneak into the play-offs it’s all to play for.

“We saw what happened with Sarries finishing fourth last season, coming to our place and then going on to win the title.

“If we’re there, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”