Fly-half Bernard Foley is eager to keep stepping up for Australia when the pressure is on.
The pivot lived up to his nickname – The Iceman – whean he kicked over the winning three pointer in the 80th minute of the tense quarter-final against Scotland in the pressure-pot that was Twickenham last weekend.
“If you’re the one who knows what’s in mind with the strategy and how you want to play, there’s no point in going into your shell and leaving it for someone else,” said the Waratahs number ten.
“We talk about playing our music and, as a side, that’s what we all want to do, and bringing your own flavour to it but also doing your job for the team.
“I suppose that’s your job. You want to stand up – not just in your kicking roles and in general play but in ordering people around and commanding that we get to our strategy and our shape.”
Foley revealed that the kicking squad has an interesting drill where they hurl verbal abuse at the kicker in the lead up to their strike. Coaches Nathan Grey and Stephen Larkham enjoy being part of the abuse gallery.
“The kicking squad has good chat between each other and they give each other good niggle when we have those situations when we try to put each other off,” added Foley.
“I suppose the coaches are just as good for that. Nathan Grey and Stephen Larkham, they’re just big kids and they enjoy trying to put you off as well.
“It’s all part of it and I guess removing yourself from the context and the situation for the kick. Doing the kick over and over is what it comes back to, not thinking about the consequences.”
Australia face a fired up Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday.