Ice Man ready for Sydney pressure cooker

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by Beth Newman

The Wallabies have their Ice Man, but they'll have plenty on their hands to nullify Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell on Saturday.

An ice sculpture of Bernard ‘Ice Man’ Foley at the Double Bay park where the Wallabies met local kids for a signing session on Thursday held a reflection of the recent thrillers between the side.

Foley has been the match-winner in their past two match-ups, a situation he’s becoming accustomed to.

“That's all I know against the Scots,” he said.

“They're a class outfit who come out prepared and they play a style that really suits them and especially now with their new coach Gregor Townsend, I'm sure we can expect a lot of flair and excitement in the style they want to play.

“Every time I've played them, it's been a battle fought all the way to the death, so I'm sure that's what we can expect come Saturday.”

Should the game go down to the final seconds again this weekend, Foley said he would be prepared to stick the boot in again.

“It's your job as a kicker in the team is to try and make those kicks at the end and if I have to, i'll give it my best shot.”

Though Wallabies coach Michael Cheika dismissed the notion that they had any psychological advantage over Scotland, he expected them to be fired up on Saturday.

“You'd be disappointed if they weren’t fired up, whether they lost the last game by a point or they'd won the last game by 10,” he said.

“That's the nature of the beast now. All the games are close at Test level and you'd be fired up no matter what.

“It's almost like you know now with the two teams that it's going to be that type of game.

“Even if you go further back for a half-dozen games in recent history where it's been like that.

Finn Russell will be the lead playmaker for Scotland. Photo: Getty Images“I think it's becoming a nice rivalry and we're looking forward to it.”

The Wallabies will face an accomplished playmaker in Russell, who has embedded himself in the Scotland 10 jersey in recent times, and Cheika said they simply couldn’t give him any space.

“He's a good player - he's fast and he's prepared to put the ball out in front of him and run,” Cheika said.

“He'll present that threat as well as the distribution threat. he's got a nice,wide pass.

“We've got to get in his face. We can't let him orchestrate the game or be chasing our tails.”

Winger Dane Haylett-Petty couldn’t resist a cheeky jab at Foley’s ice likeness, when asked whether he felt there was a psychological edge in the Wallabies camp when it came to Scotland after their recent nailbiters.

“(It) definitely gives us some confidence,” he said.

“Like we've seen with the ice sculpture, the Ice Man, cool and composed.”

The Wallabies take on Scotland on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RADIO. Buy tickets here.