Today the team had the privilege of participating in and observing an Ospreys professional senior training session.
We arrived by coach and were sent to change into our training gear in one of the rooms. We then assembled on one of the astroturf pitches to observe the Ospreys’ forwards do line-out practice. After 5 minutes, we then met Tom, our coach, and then we began the session.
We warmed up and stretched for the first five minutes, but then we launched straight into the drills. The first drill was very much like our very own pullback one: we had to pass before a line and not under or overtime our runs. It taught us to have our hands ready, and keep he ball away from the body so that we can achieve a quick succession of passes. The next drill held the same concept, but added more game realism, as it consisted of a halfback and a backline. The main focus for this drill was reloading the backline as quickly as possible, and to stay organised while doing so. The last drill put the team in a 5 on 3 situation. The 5 attackers had to try and get past the 3 defenders, who were in set positions marked by cones. This drill taught us to play smart, and to play what we see in front of us.
We then had a quick tour of all the facilities located inside and out the back of the club’s gym. Inside they had areas for a range of different sports, from an indoor athletics track, to a weights room and a badminton/basketball court. We also went out to the back, where there was a massive indoors astroturf area the size of 2 football fields. Outside, they had 3 grass fields, a warmup quadrant and an astroturf field.
We then watched the Ospreys’ first grade backline train while eating lunch in the sun.
Overall it was a very enjoyable and insightful session, as we learnt many key plays and ideas in rugby, as well as reinforcing what we already know.
That afternoon we played rugby against the school Rhydywaun, we won 29-5. George scored the first try in the corner by running around the other side of the ruck after a dropped ball. Perry kicked for goal but missed. The game went on and Rhydywaun were the next to score making it 5-5. It stayed that way until halftime.
After halftime Tom Ball came on and scored straight away which Cameron converted. The game went on then Jordan scored but we did not convert. Tom ball scored again and Cameron converted making it 24-5. The game had 1 minute to go and Tom scored in the corner making it a hat trick, after the game there was a presentation where both schools presenting gifts to each other and enjoyed some time together after a tough game.
By Aidan Fisher and Ross Greenwood