With the hopes of a back-to-back Grand Slam Six Nations success gone at the first hurdle, Ireland must win at Murrayfield on Saturday if they are to maintain hopes of retaining the Championship admitted scrum coach Greg Feek.
"In 2017 we fronted up very well". There's a real buzz around Murrayfield at the moment and that'll play a huge part in it, but we've got to start well and we've got to be physical with them, exactly like England were.
"That's a matter of being able to stay calm and still try and hit the road running and mentally prepare to be in a position that, no matter what happens, we can still turn up and play the game we want to play", he added.
"He's one of their biggest ball-carriers", the Glasgow Warriors captain said of his opposite number.
A 32-20 loss at home against England has left the Irish smarting and under pressure to produce a performance this weekend that gets them the win they need to get back on track. "England were so physical with them, they were tackling in twos, and the dominance of their defence was insane, so we'll be looking to do the same". The team that kicks the most usually comes out on top and they've got two of the best kicking players in the world at 9 and 10. We've done our review on Italy.
'Also England picked the right opportunities to counter-ruck. "We'll be looking to win that battle as well". They're really smart around the field and we have to be like that, too'.
"We've had the highlights up around the team room and seen how England beat them, but we've got some stuff up our sleeves for ourselves". They might have to change their tactics if they end up chasing the game because we're far enough ahead.