Bennett, Maguire want golden point gone

Wayne Bennett doesn’t want to see another grand final won, or lost, in the same manner as the 2015 decider, calling for the NRL to scrap the extra-time approach for this season’s playoffs.

The Brisbane coach has been a long-term critic of golden point.

He restated that opposition in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 grand final, in which Johnathan Thurston nailed the title-winning field goal shortly after Ben Hunt knocked the ball on from the start of the golden-point period.

“We have to address it. One point and one set can’t lose a major game in the playoffs or the grand final – it can’t happen,” Bennett said on Thursday at Broncos training at Red Hill.

The decision will be discussed at a meeting next month as momentum grows for golden point to be punted from the playoffs. It could still remain as part of the regular season, though.

“The regular season is a whole lot different to the playoffs. There is a huge amount at stake in the playoffs; you want to be fair as you can with both teams,” Bennett said.

“The 1989 grand final was the last time they probably used extra-time and that was a great game of football, a great spectacle,

“Everyone’s playing extra-time in all codes across the world now. No one is relying on one moment and, all of a sudden, you have won the game.

“I realise the game has to be finished that night. We have to find a way to finish it fairly to all involved.”

Souths coach Michael Maguire, who replaced Bennett on the NRL’s competition committee earlier this year, also wants golden point eradicated from the playoffs.

“I haven’t spoken to (NRL CEO) Todd (Greenberg) and those guys on the committee but, around the finals, I do agree with what a lot of the coaches are saying. It is a game you want to play out to work out who wins rather than having it determined by that one point,” Maguire said.

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