Northampton 'owe' Munster - Ben Foden

Ben Foden
Foden's try against Scarlets was his sixth of the season

Northampton Saints' Ben Foden says his side 'owe' Munster when the two teams meet in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

The Saints fell to an injury-time defeat after Ronan O'Gara's last minute drop goal when they faced the Irish side in November.

Foden told BBC Radio Northampton: "There's no bigger occasion than playing Munster in the Heineken Cup. We owe them one.

"We look forward to that - we want to keep the winning ways going."

Northampton go into the game boosted by their weekend win over Scarlets.

Saints had lost to the Welsh side at Franklin's Gardens but made amends with a 29-17 win in their meeting at Parc y Scarlets.

Foden scored a break-away try against Scarlets to seal the win, which keeps alive Saints' hopes of at least progressing to the Challenge Cup knock-out stages.

"It was a great feeling to relieve the pressure, and I think there'll be no better feeling for our boys, having defended for those 15 minutes, to look up and see me scarper down the wing with the ball in hand," Foden continued.

They suffered a 23-21 defeat to Munster at Thomond Park in November and the match at stadium:mk is a sell-out.

The 26-year-old, along with seven of his Northampton team-mates, will join Stuart Lancaster's England squad for the Six Nations next month.

He is hopeful that the club's good form will mean that they will not be too heavily hit by the losses to the squad.

"We've got a lot of players who are going to leave on international duty and we want to keep winning so that the boys have got that spring in their step when they take the field without us," he concluded.

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