Reports are circulating that the NRL is considering scrapping golden point for the 2020 season and beyond. The thinking is that the game can effectively be decided by the result of the coin toss.
So, golden point looks as though it’s going the way of the scoring team kicking off, the benefit of the doubt, and the South QLD Crushers.
As a life-long fan of the game I say: Ba Bye Now!!!
Truthfully I’m not the biggest detractor of the concept but nothing is more frustrating than rugby league teams abandoning fundamentals to shoot for one.
I’ve long been a fan of the golden try idea in that tries should ultimately decide results.
That said, I’d much rather settle for a draw than see blockers set up and referees frightened to police the game properly.
Unfortunately, that is what golden point has become.
For every exciting Raiders/Sharks finish, we get three incidents like in the Broncos’ win over the Eels.
The Broncos set up a series of blockers making it impossible for Eels chasers to pressure the kicker.
Referees have become scared to blow penalties in golden point through fear that they’ll decide the game.
By not blowing up an obvious block play the referees cost the Eels a top-four spot, finished the Knights’ season and made life difficult for the Sharks and Tigers.
It would be silly to point to one decision as season-defining but in golden point, the referees are on a hiding to nothing.
So are the players, forced to play an extra possibly 10 minutes, and also the fans who have to endure a field goal-a-thon.
Don’t get me wrong, I remember celebrating a Valentine Holmes field goal in the 82nd minute on the Gold Coast. I remember celebrating a little too hard…
I also remember the game being an absolute nightmare and feeling sorry for the neutral having to endure 10 possible minutes more.
The Titans fought back at the death to level it up and deserved a point.
Two field goals each by Sezer and Townsend in the recent Raiders-Sharks clash, and tell me either team deserved to lose?
I get the appeal of the concept. It can feel flat walking off having shared the points… but only because we’re conditioned that way.
Anyone who watches the NSW Cup will understand the value of a draw. Yes, it’s by very definition not as good as a win but it can literally decide a season.
Six of the 12 sides finished on uneven competition points and the world didn’t come to an end.
Honestly, the chance of draws may encourage more entertaining footy in the final moments.
I hate when teams “play” for golden point.
Rather than take a risk, kickers roll it over the sideline knowing 10 more minutes are coming.
I guess I’m a traditionalist but I like 80-minute contests, extra time in Origin and finals only.
If sides are unable to be split after 80 minutes then a point each is a fair reward.
Judging by the reaction across social media I’m not alone.
I think golden point has been a somewhat necessary evil up until this point but I’m absolutely behind the return to 80-minute contests.
I’d still very much support the discussion re the merits of golden try but if it comes down to a shoot out or a draw, I’m taking a point every day of the week.
Let us know below your thoughts on golden point.
Will you miss it should it meet its end? Has it overstayed it’s welcome? Do you want golden try?
I for one won’t miss the 40-metre field goal attempts dribbling over the in-goal line to allow seven tackle sets. Yuk.