Saints can ‘do a Wasps’ and win the title :Foden

England and Northampton winger Ben Foden believes that Saints can ‘do a Wasps’ and come back from the depths of despair to win the Aviva Premiership.


Northampton Saints travel to London Wasps this Sunday and Foden hopes it will be a turning point in their season as they look to get back on track after a disappointing start while many of their stars like Foden were at the world cup.


Saints supplied England with eight players for the Rugby World Cup and in their absence the club lost four of their opening six matches.


Last weekend they were able to field their stars which helped them see off Newcastle and Foden says they can now surge up the table just as Wasps did in 2007/08.


In Wasps 2007/2008 campaign they were down to tenth place after the Rugby World Cup but bounced back and beat Leicester Tigers in the final.


“You’ve seen it many, many times before,” Foden told the Northampton Chronicle.


“You saw a few years ago when Wasps were lying bottom and over Christmas they turned it round and were competing in the top two.


“We’ve just got to scramble into that top four and we’ve always said that when it comes to the busy end of the season, that’s when results really start to matter.


“We’ll work hard and hopefully we’ll put in a big performance this week, steal a few more points and slip up the league.”


Saints head to Adams Park in a positive frame of mind as they are looking to making it make it five wins in a row at Wasps.


While Foden is confident that Saints can get their Premiership campaign back on track he also knows that the critical period will be the Six Nations as they lost six matches in a row without their internationals last season.


“During the Six Nations is going to be a big period for the guys here,” said Foden.


“But we’re very confident we’re going to do big things this season.”


Foden is hoping that a victory for Northampton this weekend will see Saints go level with Bath who are in fourth place.


“We sort of see this game as a turning point. If you’re going to compete in this league you need to be picking up points away.


“Wasps are a good side, they’ve made a few changes with some new faces coming in so it’ll be a difficult encounter.


“It’s always hard to win away especially in this league and that’s where the good teams prevail and nick points.


“If we want to be competitive come the end of the season we know we’ve got to go away and put in a big performance out there.”

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