Robinson ready to hand back Tahs kicking tee

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by Beth Newman

Reece Robinson has become the Waratahs' golden boot in the last week, but he'll be happy to hand the keys back to Bernard Foley in South Africa.

Robinson, who kicked regularly at his NRL club Parramatta, was thrust into the spotlight in the team's trials against the Brumbies and the Highlanders, kicking seven from nine shots at Brookvale Oval.

On Saturday night, neither he nor Foley's flyhalf replacement Bryce Hegarty were sure who was to take the first kick, setting up a somewhat awkward moment in the opening stages.

"I didn't even know I was going to goal kick, I was thinking he was, he was thinking I was, then the coach just came along and said, 'Reece just take the job'," he said.

"I've done a bit of kicking before back in my league days (at the Eels).

"I wasn't expecting it but I thought since Nard's (Foley) injured someone had to step up and Gibbo just said I might as well have a crack."

There's no secret to how sweetly Robinson's been hitting them, he said, just ensuring a sense of calm in his routine.

"I just talk to myself, doing what I'm doing and just concentrate," he said.

Robinson's kicking cameo will likely end this week, when the squad heads to South Africa, but he's not worried.

"Can't wait for him to come back. He can take the kicking back straightaway," Robinson laughed.

Robinson finished with a hefty 14 points off the boot, but the Waratahs backline struggled to threaten in difficult conditions against the Force.

"I thought at times we played pretty smart, our kicking strategy was pretty smart but I thought the forwards really worked hard for us tonight and brought us the win," Robinson said.

"You get frustrated at times but you just try and keep yourselves in the game with anything you can do - chip and chase or make a tackle, anything to keep yourself in the game, keep it moving.

"As long as you're doing your role, helping the team, you're happy."

Robinson's next focus will be on a challenging South African road trip, with the Waratahs facing the Lions and the Sharks over the next two weeks.

The Waratahs leave for South Africa on Sunday morning.