And Polota-Nau has revealed the premature retirement of Benn Robinson makes him prepare even more thoroughly now he has adopted the mindset that every game could be his last.
NSW are treating their game on Saturday at Allianz Stadium like it could be the last meaningful one of 2016. If the Brumbies win and the Waratahs lose by eight or more, NSW will all but certainly miss out on the finals providing the Jaguares don't claim an upset victory against the Highlanders in Buenos Aires.
Bonus points are all the talk at the moment and Polota-Nau cannot see why the Waratahs shouldn't be aiming to bag sizeable wins against the Hurricanes and Blues.
We [will] come out trying to get the maximum 10 points but in saying that we want to make sure we do the jersey proud," Polota-Nau said. "We come in with a goal of getting the full five points but at the end of the day if it doesn't pan out then so be it and we just have to make sure that we can follow that up the week after against the Blues."
It sounds like Polota-Nau has taken over the mantle of Waratahs tourist guide from Robinson, saying he "had to show a few of the boys what to try because you have your sushi and sashimi but there's more delicacies that they have over there".
Robinson was renowned for taking teammates out for an expensive feed and Polota-Nau said his presence was missed. Robinson's career came to an abrupt end after he was poked in the eye by Brumbies second-rower Rory Arnold.
"I try and prepare as if it's my last game because with the hurtful memory of a great teammate of mine in Benn Robinson, you never know when it can end," Polota-Nau said.
He's got an aura when he comes around the Tahs because everyone loves hanging around him. I'm not too sure if it's because of his wisdom around his belly, it's more so the fact that he doesn't need to speak. He just does all of his stuff through action. It's the type of guy you want to be playing by your side. We made our debut together, it's a shame we can't see the whole season through. I'm sure we'll go to the same lovely restaurants that we do. If he shouts that is."
Polota-Nau spoke about how the team drew a "line in the sand" before the Western Force game in late April and wanted to get back to their successful brand of attacking rugby. Since then the Waratahs have won six from seven.
"We know what's on the line but I think the most important thing for us is not to let the blue jersey down," Polota-Nau said. "It's more so the attitude and the character that we show."
Fullback Andrew Kellaway had another stellar game for NSW as he slowly builds his reputation as an effective attacking weapon. He bumped off three Sunwolves defenders like rag dolls to barge over for his second try this season. "I've never done that before and I don't know where that came from," Kellaway said.
The 20-year-old kept a close eye on Israel Folau in the Wallabies Test series against England but is in the strange situation of taking Folau's spot at the Waratahs given Gibson wants him to be closer to the action at outside centre.
Nonetheless Kellaway says he is continuing to learn from one of world rugby's most potent ball runners and reliable men under the high ball.
"It's weird to see arguably the best fullback in the world not playing fullback but again he's a class centre so it's great for me to be able to be on field with him and he's been great guiding me through a lot of the stuff that you go through as a fullback," Kellaway said. "It's great to be a part of his journey and my journey as well."