SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Referee Ashley Klein talks to Tigers Captain Benji Marshall after he awarded a penalty to the Broncos in Golden Point extra time during the round three NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Brisbane Broncos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on March 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

For many years the debate has raged over whether the NRL needs to make changes to golden point.

After the controversial finish to the Wests Tigers versus Brisbane Broncos game, this debate has been reignited.

Both teams were on seven points at the end of regulation time, so the match was forced into golden point.

The Broncos won the match after they were awarded a penalty in front of goal after Robbie Rochow was penalised for not being square at marker.

Winger Jamayne Isaako was able to slot the goal to win the match for the Broncos.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the penalty was deemed to have been “an error in judgment” by match referee Ashley Klein.

This was confirmed by NRL referees’ boss Bernard Sutton, who added that Rochow was square by the time the ball had been played.

Such a close loss would have been incredibly difficult to take for the Tigers, especially since the penalty that gave the Broncos the win was incorrect.

The entire incident demonstrates the flaws in the golden point system. A seemingly innocuous penalty can gift a team a victory, so referees typically do not blow penalties during added time.

In the case of the Tigers versus Broncos game, the penalty that was blown was a mistake and decided the game.

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A golden try system would solve this problem and provide more entertainment for fans.

In golden try, a penalty would not automatically decide a game and therefore referees will be able to officiate properly in overtime.

This ensures a wrong decision does not rob a team of two points, which would make players, coaches and fans alike much happier.

Another advantage that comes with golden try is that it would be significantly more entertaining to watch.

Golden point almost always turns into a field goal shootout, which is not nearly as exciting as watching teams throw the football around in order to score.

Golden try does not negate the field goal though, as demonstrated by the recent Raiders versus Warriors game in which three field goals were kicked in regulation time.

There are also those that believe that regular season games should end in a draw should two teams be on the same score after 80 minutes.

While this is also a better option than golden point, it is less entertaining than golden try.

Additionally, the NRL has shown that they prefer not to have draws and would rather there be a result.


    • I’m with you markeyy, scrap golden point. If after busting their gut for 80 minutes and still being equal on the scoreboard, then I am happy for teams to take 1 point each..

      • +1

        So just out of curiosity in Golden Try, what happens if you kick a penalty goal or drop goal. Does the scoreboard just not tick over??

  1. Golden try will never be introduced because it will never work. Teams will just keep infringing the rules in order to do anything to stop a try. You say that “referees typically do not blow penalties during added time’, well they’re about 100 x less likely to sin bin a player in extra time too, in fact i don’t think there’s ever been a player sin binned in extra time.

  2. i agree @markeyy

    but hypothetically… If golden try were to become a thing… wouldn’t it be great if it became 9 vs 9. all the forwards would have to leave the field, and let the backs run around like crazy!

  3. Yeah, scrap the golden point but the tv idiots love it.

    If we’re going to keep it, just make it a dropgoal shootout, like a penalty shootout in soccer

    What’s the difference? That’s all it is anyway.

  4. What needs to happen is the useless refs who stuff up like this turkey need to be made accountable and not just given a week off.
    Sick to death of referees deciding the outcome of games.
    Take the mic off of them as they should be seen and not heard.

  5. I can remember the reverse argument many years ago about a draw leaving everyone empty with no result, the jurno’s were scathing about not getting a result at the time and pressured the then ARL to go to golden point, now they want to change it, they , the juruno’s always say everyone wants it, they always put words in our mouths, that low life Rothfield is the worse, he reckons he has the answer to everything, yet that bloke has never played a game in his life, anyway for the record i would like to keep it has a draw after 80 minutes.

  6. I prefer a draw after 80 mins however as the gambling industry controls the NRL, then I’m afraid fans will see a draw as often as a Tasmanian Tiger has been sighted.

    The next best option to appease the Gambling industry is a 10 min extra time period like that was applied in the semi-finals last season, where a draw goes into extra time and the full 10mins is played. Regardless of how many points are scored. Then and only then, it goes into unlimited time, until a team scores. 🐆

  7. Simple, no golden point or try. You play the full 10 mins, the team winning at this point, is that team that goes on to collect the 2 premiership points.

  8. I’ve never, ever, been a fan of golden point. Games being decided by a field goal in extra time (which, let’s face it, almost all of them are) is our version of the penalty shoot-out. I hate it and the sooner we go back to a draw after 80 minutes the better. Anyway, what’s wrong with a draw? Nothing IMO. There are some things in our game the administrators got right in 1908 and the draw is one of them. Of course the game has to move with times but like unlimited interchange, golden point should be consigned to the rubbish bin.

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