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What's the point of golden point?

The Storm take on the Sea Eagles, in a game that's sure to be tense - they always are! (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Ian Knight)
Roar Guru
8th March, 2014
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Round 1 hasn’t even concluded and yes, another golden point debate has arisen. But unlike other debates on The Roar, this one will not go nowhere.

I will personally tally the votes and forward the final result directly to the NRL.

The NRL probably couldn’t give two hoots what I think, but surely they still care enough to know this is the fans’ game?

I obviously care a little too much, especially considering I am writing this at midnight.

So why are you reading the 100th debate about golden point? Because I genuinely feel as though teams are being unfairly disadvantaged.

The match between Manly and Melbourne Storm is clearly the central focus point.

A game of two halves in which Manly led 20-0 at one stage only to be pegged back magnificently by a determined Storm outfit, who were without their dominant halfback Cooper Cronk might I add.

The final result after 80 minutes of good Round 1 rugby league was 22-22.

A draw in my book.

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But of course the rules stipulate we must contest a drop-goal-athon.

Is it edge of your seat stuff? Well I’ve witnessed a fair few golden points and it kinda was edge of your seat, but the problem is there was always a loser.

I was there when Brisbane Broncos, led by Darren Lockyer, scored the winning field goal against the Dragons in golden point.

The look on Wayne Bennett’s face said it all. To lose that way is utterly cruel.

At no stage does a team actually attempt to go for field goals unless it is to provide a lead in which a converted try won’t be enough.

This will take place primarily before half time or before full time sounds. The main objective of the game, and correct me if I’m wrong, is to score more points than the opposition primarily through the form of tries and goals.

Field goals on the rare occasion when it’s a nailbiter and you’re trying to avoid golden point.

Though while Melbourne Storm would eventually get the field goal, it took them a pain staking three attempts to do so.

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It’s predictable.

Run the ball straight to the middle for five hit-ups and then have a chosen player drop back 20 metres for another attempt at a field goal.

A draw is the fairer result for not only both teams, but both sets of fans. I’m not a Manly supporter or Melbourne, but if the roles were reversed then Storm fans would have a loss next to their position on the ladder.

Their efforts didn’t deserve a loss.

I can’t recall a time in which a team has been disadvantaged by a draw but a team’s position on the ladder has benefited for the win.

I say let’s vote no more golden points and start the change in which rugby league is played the old way, not this new form of Americanised entertainment.

What’s your vote: are you for or against golden point?