England World Cup guru now on Pivac’s radar called on Wales’s young captain to help

A famous darts player of the 1950s is said to have produced his best performance only after 15 pins of Guinness.

Surely his nerves must have calmed down.

But to a large extent how Chap could have seen the board remains a mystery that no one got to the bottom of.

To each his own, though.

The assumption is that the person in question took a little practice to get there in the first place.

Most teachers and coaches would agree that doing something regularly is central to the concept of improvement. We are told that even Mozart had to put in hours.

If a player also receives expert guidance along the way, it stands to reason that he or she will be even more likely to succeed.

And so for Osprey, where they’re using a specialist lineout coach to upskill players, with hookers among those who will benefit.

Simon Hardy is an expert on the question.

Over the course of his career, he has spent 22 years with teams from England, his stint covering the senior team that won the 2003 World Cup. Self-employed, he has trained 46 international hookers on a one-to-one basis from Richard Cockerill to the present. Charges involving Stuart McInly and Jamie George.

They have also helped out Australia, Saracens, Gloucester, Edinburgh and Melbourne Rebels, so Osprey are in good company when it comes to using their services.

Potentially, he could help their highly promising young hooker, Davy Lake, take a big leap.

6ft 1in, 17st 7lb The former Wales U20s captain has the potential to be a serious player. He’s already on the radar of Wayne Pivac, the Kiwis known to be a fan.

When he came in for the final quarter against Glasgow Warriors last weekend, he hit opponents as if he had angered them in another life; He stopped dead ball-carriers with jerky tackles; He responded to the ball on breakdown and displayed an unusual physicality.

In short, he looked for a player who could be included in Wayne Pivac’s Wales senior team without delay.

there is a problem.

When he throws in the lineout he is still in progress.

Osprey’s Davy Lake

Almost every prostitute alive has been there. Keith Wood, the legendary Ireland No. 2 and one of the stars of the 1997 Lions tour, reached a point where he went to a psychologist and was asked to use a spell before throwing it. Consistent confidence boosting during a game also helped.

So the lake is not alone.

Practice, or the idea of ​​putting the mind into a muscle, will help.

That would be hardy.

“We have a specialist throwing coach who has come in,” said Osprey head coach Toby Booth.

“Simon Hardy has worked with England and Australia and he is a good friend of mine. He comes in as a consultant and works with all of our prostitutes.

“It is really important for us because we need to upskill all our players, especially in closed skills.

“If we do not have the time or expertise, it is important that we adapt our program to do so.

“Definitely Davy would benefit from it.”

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Osprey head coach Toby Booth

Booth, himself a former hooker, agreed with the idea that rehearsing didn’t hurt. “Yes,” he said. “It’s a variety of practice, honing techniques, throwing under pressure, coming out of a scrum and then throwing in a lineout when you’re tired.

“So there’s a lot of layers to it.”

But the Osprey team boss can identify a good prospect when he sees one, and he thinks Lake, who led Wales to victory over New Zealand in the U20 World Cup in 2019, is a player who can go places. Is.

“The exciting thing about him is that he’s brave, physical, and abrasive,” Booth said.

“Those are prerequisites for becoming a top prostitute.

“So that’s great.

“He’s learning his trade in and around the setpiece, something that always takes the longest.

“Throwing in such a competitive environment is probably the hardest skill in the sport.

“That will always be the last piece in the jigsaw.

“The more competitors we have on the pitch, the higher our chances and Davy will definitely be a competitor.”

This weekend, Lake starts for Osprey against Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup.

He’s still working on his darts, and patience may be the key.

But Hardy’s help paves the way for improvement.

This is good news for Osprey, and it could be a big positive for Wales as well.

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