As a ref, Karl is a law unto himself
By ADRIAN MILLER
LIKE many fans of rugby union, Karl Lupton doesn??t know all the laws of the game.
And while this would not be a problem for most people, it could be for Lupton considering he is making his senior refereeing debut today.
Lupton, a former NSW Country representative, Ballina first-grade coach and now the Far North Coast senior coach, will adjudicate the Wollongbar-Alstonville v Southern Cross University third grade game today, his first senior assignment since recently picking up the whistle.
??I??m not sure why they haven??t chucked me straight into first grade,?? he laughed.
??I??ve done a few junior games here and there but this will be my first senior game.
??Hopefully I??ll go all right.??
Lupton said he??d always been interested in refereeing but had been too busy with coaching.
He??s had plenty of experience throughout his rugby career telling the men in the middle how they should be doing it, so how does he feel about having all the eyes on him? ??I??m looking forward to the challenge and I reckon it??ll be a bit of fun,?? he said.
??It??s only third grade so if they speak up I??ll tell them that if they were any good they??d be playing later in the day ?X but they might say the same thing to me.??
Lupton??s confident he??ll be right today ?X ??I??ll do a good job, don??t worry about that?? is the Kiwi??s response when asked how he??ll go.
Just don??t ask him if he knows all the laws.
??It depends on what your interpretation of ??all the laws?? is,?? he laughs.
??I??ve been studying up so I reckon I know enough to referee a game.
??Enough not to stuff up anyway.??
WHILE Lupton will be trying not to ??stuff up??, the rest of the Coopers Far North Coast competition will be in action.
Wollongbar-Alstonville and Southern Cross University will square off at Wollongbar and with the sides taking up two of the bottom three positions on the ladder, they will be desperate for points.
The Pioneers were excellent in their loss to Ballina last Saturday and will fancy their chances, but Uni lost to Lismore only on the last kick of the game and will not be ??easybeats.
??Lismore will play the Yamba Buccaneers and will hope the luck of last week rubs off again.
Yamba only just lost to competition leader Grafton but they don??t enjoy playing at a Lismore ground where they are yet to win since their readmission to first grade.
Ballina head to Grafton for the match of the round.
Grafton are yet to be beaten this year, but Yamba showed they are vulnerable and they run into a Ballina side that has hit its straps.
The Seahorses were the only side to beat the Redmen last season when they won 16-0 at Grafton and will fancy their chances today.
The Casino Bulls take on Lennox Head at Casino in what should prove an easy win for the home side.
Casino is second on the ladder but is playing for top spot if other results go their way.
Coolangatta-Tweed has the bye.