Flanker Stephen Ferris believes Ireland should follow Ulster’s example by turning their home ground into a fortress ahead of the weekend’s clash with Wales.
The 26-year-old Ulsterman has helped his RaboDirect PRO12 side chalk up a formidable home run at Ravenhill, having won eight of their nine home matches ahead of Friday's visit of the Ospreys, including victories over defending champions Munster and a famous 41-7 thumping of Leicester Tigers.
Ireland, on the other hand, have lost six of their nine matches since returning to a renovated Lansdowne Road in 2010, including their last three – and Ferris believes Brian McLaughlin’s men have shown the blueprint to follow.
“With Ulster we drive up to Ravenhill on a Friday night knowing we're going to win," said Ferris.
“We also need to be driving on the bus to [Lansdowne Road] knowing that we’re going to win.
“That’s the feeling you have to get at your home stadium and it comes with results, big victories and strong performances. We should start that this weekend.
“We need to be a bit smarter and when we do have our foot on opponents’ throats, we should keep it there because we’ve let teams off the hook.”