BEN FODEN believes that negating the triple threat of Jonny Sexton, Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll will be key to Northampton’s hopes of defeating Leinster and claiming the Heineken Cup on Saturday.
The Saints bid to end an 11-year wait and claim European club rugby’s greatest prize for the second time when the sides go head to head at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
But England full back Foden has no doubts about the biggest dangers to his side’s dream of glory at the weekend.
“Leinster have quality players across the entire side, and have great strength in depth, but I guess their area around 10, 12 and 13 is certainly one of their greatest dangers. They also have a big and physical pack but the way our boys have been running lately, we hope that we can find some holes out wide.
“Leinster are one of the true greats in European club rugby, they are flying high and they are playing some great rugby — we saw their semi-final against Toulouse and that was one hell of a game.
“We will have to be right at top of our game if we want to win the Heineken Cup but, on the neutral ground of the Millennium Stadium, we have to fancy our chances.”
Foden admits his side are “young and inexperienced” in terms of big-game exposure but is relishing a clash which he compares to UEFA’s Champions League final.
He continued: “You are unlikely to get many chances like this in your career — any number of players will never be lucky enough to be in this position — so you have to make the most of the chance when it comes and, although players like O’Driscoll and D’Arcy have done it all before, we are a young and inexperienced side in terms of a major competition of this size and importance. However, things have been bubbling over for the last few seasons for the Saints and the impact players like Phil Dowson and Lee Dickson are now making proves the club has been making good signings and heading in the right direction.
“This final is an absolutely massive game for the Saints — in fact it is as big as you get playing for your club. We all know the Heineken Cup is like football’s Champions League.
“I have fond memories of matches at the Millennium and I hope I have even fonder ones after the final.”
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