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Indeed Ireland have won just three of their nine matches since returning to the refurbished Lansdowne Road, going down to South Africa, New Zealand, Wales, England and France on two occasions.
Ireland are also looking to get their Championship campaign off the mark, having lost out narrowly to Wales in Dublin – in a match that saw Ferris cited, and then cleared, for a dangerous tackle – before their match against France was postponed.
Last season, Italy almost claimed a first ever RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland, only for Ronan O’Gara’s late drop-goal to seal a nervy 13-11 win – and Ferris does not want Saturday’s match to go to the wire.
“We need to be driving on the bus to [Lansdowne Road] knowing that we're going to win,” said Ferris.
“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.
“New Zealand are the only team who have really beaten us [at home]. In the rest of the games we probably beat ourselves.
“We had the opportunity to do that against Wales three weeks ago.
“But we wouldn't be talking about this if we had beaten Wales, we had the chance to be more clinical and grind it out but we didn’t take it.
“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.”