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Kurtley Beale has called for rugby union to consider introducing extra-time or golden point after the Wallabies were held to their second draw against South Africa in less than a month.
Both sides were left feeling flat after the 27-27 stalemate in Bloemfontein, which came after an enthralling six-try contest with plenty of momentum swings.
“I think you’ve definitely got to look into it,” Beale said.
“A five minute break, or maybe a 10-minute break up on the Highveld just to get the oxygen in the lungs a bit … and get back into it.
“It’s just a dull feeling.
“There’s no proper result, I feel like it’s just a bit of a dead rubber kind of thing.
“It’s a lot of mixed emotions.
“Both teams thought they should have won and for the fans, really, it probably would be better for them to get a certain result.”
All Blacks and British and Irish Lions players backed the concept of extra time after their drawn series earlier this year.
But World Rugby hasn’t budged and purists want the game to stay the way it is.
Beale was the matchwinner for the Wallabies the last time they played in the Free State, kicking the last-gasp penalty that secured them a rare win at altitude.
But he was left incensed when a penalty was awarded to the Springboks with less than two minutes remaining on Sunday morning (AEST), with referee Ben O’Keeffe ruling Marika Koroibete illegally used his hands in the ruck.
Elton Jantjies couldn’t replicate Beale’s heroics from seven years ago and pushed his shot on goal wide, ensuring the match ended all square.
“I thought Marika did a really good job there at stealing the ball. It was fair play,” Beale said.
“We came here to win, mate. You obviously get frustrated.
“When you’re out there competing in a Test match, the blood’s boiling and the adrenaline’s pumping.
“Although we’re very disappointed, I feel like as a group we’re progressing and that’s a really good sign for us.”