Stuart McCloskey and Marcell Coetzee want to hear the Kingspan roar on Saturday evening as Ulster kick off their Champions Cup campaign against Leicester Tigers.

Dan McFarland's team come in to their European opener on the back of two disappointing Pro14 defeats to Munster and Connacht.

It put a dampener on the mood after a good start to the season, but the Pool 4 visit of the Tigers to a pumped-up Kingspan Stadium offers an ideal opportunity to lift the mood in Belfast.

"There's a good buzz about the place," McCloskey said.

"It's brilliant when the fans get behind you here. It's always good to have them on your side and hopefully we can put on a good performance to get them on our side. 

"I think this pool is going to go down to home wins, and maybe scraping one away. The confidence took a bit of a hit after the Munster game [which Ulster lost 64-7].

"A lot of young guys went down there and got good experience of what it is to play down there, to play in big games and the inter-provincials. Hopefully we can bounce back this week with a win.

"It's the biggest thing going in town. Europe is always a great day. It'll be a step up."

Flanker Coetzee echoed those sentiments. He expects a big atmosphere this weekend and is desperate for his team-mates to respond in kind. 

"We're fortunate to play at home and the crowd will definitely lift us. We appreciate it always," the South African said.

"We've had our troubles, no doubt. We want to bounce back.

"We've got a lot of respect for our fans. They've got the right to be passionate about the team. There will always be diehard fans, that's what I learned when I came here to Belfast.

"We've got incredible fans. The excitement of the tournament will bring the crowds. And it It will bring a lot of optimism and excitement."

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