Andrew Trimble admits Ireland will have a point to prove when they take on South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Saturday's Guinness Series opener.
The Ulster winger insists the squad will be out to put on a performance after their disappointing summer tour to New Zealand which culminated in a 60-0 thrashing in Hamilton that completed a series whitewash.
Trimble believes a desire to set the record straight bring the best out of the squad, although their plans have been disrupted by injuries to key players such as Brian O'Driscoll, Sean O'Brien, Rob Kearney and Rory Best.
"It was a massive disappointment after the (New Zealand) tour," he stated. "It's not a tour that any one of us is proud to have been on.
"There's frustration at getting beaten so badly. It's a long time waiting to put things right. But you can dwell on it and divert down a bad path or you can bounce back from it. Hopefully we can bounce back."
Trimble accepts that Ireland's inconsistent form, which saw them push the All Blacks all the way in the second Test before crumbling embarrassingly in the third, is a mystery even to themselves.
"We've been up and down over the last few years. The inconsistency showed in the second and third Tests," he added. "I don't know if we are the team that performed in the second Test or the team that performed in the third Test, but we've shown that we're capable of producing either performance.
"We were very close to beating the All Blacks in the second Test. It would be weak minded if we looked back and said we're just not that good.
"Looking at it logically, we've produced big performances over the last few years and we know that if we do that we'll get big results."