Composure is the state of being calm and in control.
In other terms, it is everything Wales were not as they drew with a 14-man Argentina side at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
Los Pumas, who play with more emotional energy than most, thrive on making the game as chaotic as possible.
To overcome that, steadiness and pragmatism is required. But Wales, for much of the error-strewn encounter, were suckered into the freneticism of it all.
They overplayed in the middle third, passes were forced, collisions were lost, players were isolated. And it left everyone in the belly of the game’s most notorious stadium profusely sighing with frustration – including Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.
When Juan Cruz Mallia recklessly drove his head into Kieran Hardy’s face, the game was planted into the palm of Wales’ hand as a one-man advantage was gifted to them 10 minutes before the break.
But just when it was time to strangle the resistance out of Argentina, dominate field position and let them cough up penalties, Wales surrendered the ascendancy.
The lack of patience was evident and Wales’ desire to score with every play was palpable.
Players went “off script”, to use Wayne Pivac’s words. Countless times players ran up blind alleys on their own, only to be gobbled up by an uncompromising Argentina back row.
Sticking to the game plan is a must when confronted with a mob as streetwise as Mario Ledesma’s and Wales were made to pay when they didn’t.
That wiliness was evident when Pablo Matera stayed down just long enough after a first-half tackle from James Botham tipped over the horizontal. It was missed by referee Matt Carley initially but the flanker received treatment long enough for the referee to recognise his error on the big screen.
To their credit, Wales clawed their way back into the game, largely thanks to the introduction of Cardiff Blues half-backs Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans.
But chance after promising chance went begging as inaccuracy struck in untimely fashion.
“First of all, you’ve got to have possession of the ball, retain it and work them into a position where you can take advantage of that extra man,” said Wales boss Pivac.
“We would get some good phases of play together and then the whistle would go, we’d make an error.
“We were our own worst enemies.”
Adding Wayne Pivac’s frustration, there was a breakdown in communication that resulted in the messages from the coaches box not being relayed to the players in the middle.
“There was certainly space there. You saw once we had a scrum and put all the forwards in one area of the park, we scored a comfortable try through Tomos,” Pivac added.
“There were a couple of times when we’d have liked to take a scrum but messages, for whatever reason, didn’t get on.
“Those are all things that we’ll tidy up during the week.”
When asked how those issues could be fixed, Pivac simply said: “Yeah, you just take a big deep breath, grab a water, suck it in and wait for the message to come on.”
In what was a full-blooded Test match – they always are with a passionate bunch like Argentina – there were a few injuries to worry about.
There were no updates after the match on the condition of Aaron Wainwright or Willis Halaholo, but equally worrying was a blow which captain Jonathan Davies sustained.
Late in the second half, he was hammered by Argentina replacement Santiago Chocobares as he got the ball away to a team-mate.
Davies was left writhing on the floor, appearing to be in considerable pain.
Had all of Wales’ replacements not come on, you wonder whether the 90-cap centre would have continued. He bravely strapped up his thigh and carried on but the scene, initially, appeared worrying.
Incidentally, Davies was an influential figure with ball-in-hand, regularly enjoyed success on the gain line and Wales looked promising when they made him the focal point of their attack.
So where do Wales go from here?
They have the chance to put things right against Argentina when they face off for a second time next week.
Pivac knows his side will simply have to improve and Monday’s review will likely be an unpleasant one.
There were positive individual contributions – the back three of Hallam Amos, Jonah Holmes and Owen Lane looked particularly promising – but there is certainly room to grow.
The bad news is that Argentina will also get better and will clearly do their level best to keep 15 men on the field at all times.
It will be interesting to see how this young Welsh side responds.
The effort and determination will not be questioned. The challenge for Pivac, though, is to ensure it’s channelled effectively.
Whether that means a change in mindset or personnel will be up to him.