The thrilling finale to the 2015 NRL grand final could be the last of its kind with the competition’s rules committee set to discuss eliminating golden point in finals matches.
Instead, a model similar to NFL’s will be discussed, which would have allowed Brisbane to kick a field goal in the following set to keep the game alive in last year’s decider.
Under the proposal to also be discussed at an earlier coach’s meeting next month, 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.
It will be the committee’s first meeting since last year’s thrilling climax, where Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett publicly questioned the fairness of golden point following the result.
“There was support for alternatives to golden point in finals series matches and grand finals in the meeting of the NRL coaches last November,” an NRL spokesman told Fairfax Media.
“The subject will be on the agenda in the Competition Committee meeting next month.”
Such rules would likely only impact on playoff matches, with the rules regarding regular season games unlikely to change.