"We were favourites going into last year's final and that didn't help - there is comfort in being the underdog," said Schmidt, who saw his side fight back from a 22-6 interval deficit to win 33-22.
"Last year against I felt we tried a little bit too hard and got out of our routines and hurt ourselves to a degree. We need to be process focussed on Saturday.
"The team that keeps their patience and keeps their cool will come out on top. The occasion can sometimes dominate the performance.
"We need to stay focussed and not get carried away with the occasion. That's a danger for any player
"I was pretty depressed at half-time in Cardiff and I don't want to be in that situation again. But if you can't live with the pressure of having the favourites tag then you don't deserve to be where you are."