4 Aug 2016

Time for golden point to go?

3:48 pm on 4 August 2016

The New Zealand Warriors coach, Andrew McFadden, has joined the growing chorus of NRL coaches calling for an end to the controversial golden point concept.

Warriors vs Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart 2 July 2016


The Warriors have played four golden point matches this season, losing three of them.

A dramatic 89th minute Shaun Johnson try kept them from potentially going 0-4 last Saturday against the Penrith Panthers in Auckland.

Former New South Wales coach, Phil Gould, Brisbane Broncos coach, Wayne Bennett, and Cronulla Sharks coach, Shane Flanagan, have all called for golden point to end in the past.

Referees have been heavily criticised recently for letting penalties slide during golden point, and McFadden said its time is up.

"The rules in golden point time aren't fair on the referees and I understand why they would not want to adjudicate in the same way," he said.

"I think it's time to have a look at golden point because I don't think it's working."

The NRL will change the format for the finals series, allowing teams to play five minute halves, and golden point beyond that.

The Warriors travel to the Gold Coast next for a clash with the Titans on Sunday.