Mailbox: Bring back the draw after 80 minutes

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Hi James,

The rule to where a team can only win or lose and no draws is a complete farce, when you have two teams competing and ends up a draw it should end up a draw.

The fact it boils down to a drop goal to win in extra time also spoils the game as in most cases the team who wins the toss tends to win.

I would like it scrapped a good contest ending up in a draw is a good result for both clubs.

John Bailey

Editor’s comment: Draws are still possible if teams are locked after 10 minutes of golden point extra time, though of course it’s unlikely. My personal preference is the traditional format, so no golden point extra time and just award a draw, though I don’t have a particularly strong feeling against it. I would like to see the losing side at least get some sort of recognition for forcing extra time though, much like in American sports where overtime losses are rewarded with a point.

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5 Comments

  1. I have to agree with this. Mainly because it almost takes away from a knock out game. We’ve all been there when a play off game is level and the atmosphere could be cut with a knife. The potential to see that weekly isn’t the same

  2. I’ve always hated golden point and I don’t really love winning with a drop goal even in the 80 minutes. Rugby is a team game, now that teams are 10 yards/metres apart at play the balls and the ball is much lighter, it is virtually impossible to charge down a drop goal where one player wins the match creating so little.

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