Foden wants to show Sale Sharks why Franklin’s Gardens is a fortress

CONFIDENT - Saints full-back Ben Foden (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
CONFIDENT - Saints full-back Ben Foden (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ben Foden wants Saints to show Sale Sharks just why Franklin’s Gardens has become such a fortress when the two sides square up on Saturday.

The Sharks head to Northampton full of belief having claimed an impressive 25-14 success against Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium last weekend.

Steve Diamond’s side can also boast a victory in their most recent league meeting with Saints, with the 19-6 win at Salford in March a stand-out result in Sale’s successful campaign.

But Foden is determined to ensure there will be no repeat this weekend and is keen to continue the good form at the Gardens, where Saints have lost just one Aviva Premiership game since the start of last season.

“Sale are on a high at the moment, they’re winning games,” said Foden, who joined Saints from the Sharks in 2009.

“They had a good win against Wasps last weekend so they’ll take confidence from that.

“(Danny) Cipriani is playing really well, he’s starting to use the guys around him. (Johnny) Leota and (Mark) Jennings are forming a good centre partnership.

“(Dave) Seymour has also been getting a lot of plaudits from getting turnovers and making a mess of the breakdowns so we know they’ve got some quality players and they’ll cause a problem if we don’t put in a good performance.

“We’ve done our homework and we’ve got plenty to work on after last weekend’s win at London Irish.

“Hopefully, come this weekend we’ll prove why this place is a fortress and why it’s tough for teams to come and get points off us here.”