Well it is and it isn’t.
All I want is for ‘good’ rugby to be played, everyone enjoys it and no one gets hurt. If that happens and nobody notices I’m there bingo!
Easy? 80% of the time, yes. Those are your ‘regular’ decisions. You have good view and are sure what went on by whom, where and how.
It’s the other 20% that make the difference. Your view is blocked. You’ve followed the ball and there has been an almighty collision off it, there’s been contact but enough to stop the play?
Average game you make between 250-300 calls/decisions. So 45-55 times you make, more or less instantly, a tough decision. You are not going to get them all correct.
So here’s the secret…Do Your Best. Not earth shattering I know, but it works for me.
Be honest with the players, and yourself and call what you see. If you get questioned reply with honesty and reflect on what is said. Just because you have the whistle doesn’t make you infallible. I know I’ve made some howlers in my time!
So accepting that true proficiency takes 10,000 hours I consider myself to be in training for the next 14,785 games. Along the way I hope to enjoy the company of great people, be bought the odd beer and to enjoy the game. Lets face it I could be at home watching EastEnders!
By Paul Cunningham – Tag Rugby Referee