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Golden point: It’s time for the NRL to try harder

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Max Stannard new author
Roar Rookie
21st February, 2019
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Footy is just around the corner and I’m sure the NRL can’t wait for the opening kick-off so the media focus ever so slightly shifts from footy players to the rugby they play.

Well, here is one rule the NRL should have fixed a long time ago. Golden point.

I never thought I would say it, but maybe we could learn a thing or two from the Yankees. I watched my first game of NFL between the Patriots and the Chiefs in the semi-finals last month and when the final siren sounded at 31-all, the game headed into extra time. It was a cracker.

The amount of advertising in NFL is way over the top – including ads between ten-minute video ref decisions – we’ve certainly got enough of it with Harvey Norman replays and the like. What got me intrigued though was their extra time rules.

A simple field goal isn’t enough to win you the game, but if you score a touchdown then it is all over.

There’s no golden point, only golden touchdowns. If no touchdowns are scored but a team is leading on points at the end of extra time – through field goals – then they are the winners. If both teams are tied still, then the game ends in a draw.

Golden point in the NRL is a farce. As soon as a game goes to extra time, everyone is 99% certain that the game will end in a drop goal – and depending on who is playing a comic drop-kicking display also. Death by dropkicks.

On the other hand, I prefer seeing skill win games of football. A golden try rule would surely make for a more interesting and exciting finish for spectators.

Teams can either go all-out attack and try to go for the outright win or play more conservative – score a field goal or two – and try and lead by the end of extra time. One criticism of the golden try is it will probably lead to more draws.

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But if two teams cannot be split after 90 minutes of rugby league, is that really such a bad thing?

The NRL need all the non-negative news they can get, and the golden try might just give them the touchdown supporters’ respect.