ORCA meets to discuss defensive tackle contest

The latest meeting of the Ospreys Regional Coaching Association (ORCA) took place at Llandarcy Academy of Sport last week.

Sean Holley, Ospreys Head Coach, delivered a seminar on the Defensive Tackle Contest (DTC), with the coaches present given a detailed insight into how the Ospreys approach the analysis and coaching of this vital aspect of the game, including the latest Ospreys stats from Sports Code, the hi-tech analysis system used by coaches at the region, and video footage of the Ospreys DTC training sessions. Delegates were then invited to give their own views and opinions on the subject, which lead to a healthy debate between.

The coaches present at the session have been given video footage of the Ospreys’ Magners League rivals Munster in order to undertake a detailed analysis of them in advance of the game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday December 5th, and will presenting their findings to Sean Holley in a follow-up ORCA meeting at Llandarcy on Wednesday 25th November.

A crucial part of the coaching development pathway at the Ospreys, ORCA is a forum for Level Three coaches that aims to encourage them to look at topical issues within coaching and to try to produce some fresh ideas, meeting four times a year to discuss a set topic, with follow-up sessions allowing the participating coaches to present their analysis/findings.

Tony Thomas, Ospreys Coach Development Officer, said:

“It is vital for the development of coaches that their existing views are challenged and that they constantly seek to improve their understanding of all facets of the game. ORCA is designed as a forum for exactly this sort of progress. Any Level 3 coach in the Ospreys area who is interested in joining future events should contact me on tthomas@wru.co.uk”