North Queensland coach Paul Green wants an all-or-nothing approach to reported amendments to the NRL’s golden-point system.
The Cowboys’ boss, whose team won the 2015 grand final after a golden-point field goal by Johnathan Thurston, says having one system for the regular season and one for the finals is wrong.
According to Fairfax Media, the NRL’s rules committee is poised to discuss eliminating golden point from finals matches.
It’s believed the committee will propose at a coaches’ meeting next month to use a model similar to the NFL whereby a team would have a full set of six to respond after conceding a field goal in extra time.
Other possibilities also include a golden-try format, or the option of 10 minutes extra time before heading to golden point if a deadlock still needs to be broken.
Green says if the system has to be changed, then it can’t be one system for regular-season matches and another for finals.
“Whatever we play in the competition needs to be consistent in the finals series too,” Green said.
“I don’t think you can have a rule for the normal-round games and then have a different rule for the finals. I don’t think that’s fair.
“Teams could miss out on a semi-final spot because of golden point and then, to not have that opportunity through the finals series, I don’t think that’s consistent.”
The meeting will be the committee’s first since last year’s grand final, when Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett publicly questioned the fairness of golden point following his team’s defeat.
Green says he has no issue with golden point and would even welcome a golden-try system, so long as there’s an outcome to the match.
“The game does change, which is probably not what the purists like, but I think the fans enjoy the result at the end,” he said.
“There’s normally quite a lot of excitement during that period – it gets a little bit frantic.
“I will say the refs tend to put their whistles in their pockets, which I don’t agree with. They still need to ref the game for what it is.”