Golden try has to be the answer to extra-time question

Apart from the predictable widespread outpourings of absolute delight for the Cowboys and their brilliant skipper Johnathan Thurston, a couple of throwaway lines from Wayne Bennett generated many of the headlines emanating from last weekend's epic NRL grand final.

And while the 734-game NRL coach has raised the ire of many with his comments concerning golden-point extra time deciding the 2015 premiership, he has also received a volley of support.

In simple terms, Bennett has been an opponent of golden point since it was introduced in 2003.

And in fairness to him, he has stuck to his principles even though the Broncos have a 67% success rate when playing into extra time.

But despite being adamant his comments were not those of a 'bitter and twisted coach', they were out of place in that environment.

His call for the game to be replayed was viewed by many as sour grapes and it is easy to understand why.

Surprisingly though, Bennett has garnered support, and not just from Broncos supporters.

Many, it seems, believe a grand final drawn after 80 minutes should not be decided in what is primarily - as Bennett says - a lottery.

But how to solve the dilemma evolves into an even greater impasse.

A replay the following week, as suggested by the Broncos coach, would be a major anticlimax, as was the case in the only grand final replays - 1977 and 1978.

In 1977 St George won the replay 20-nil and the following year Manly won 16-nil.

Neither game reached anywhere near the quality or atmosphere of the grand final.

Another suggestion - 10 minutes each way - is not the answer either.

Scores could still be locked, so what happens then?

Another 10, and then another 10?

How would the guardians of player welfare react to that?

Bennett is right when he claims golden point is a lottery.

If the team that kicks off can manage a strong defensive set it is almost odds-on to get a crack at a field goal in its first attacking play, which makes the coin toss vital.

If a change was to be made to the status quo, golden try is the answer.

That is more likely to appease fans, is less likely to be a raffle and - unlike they are in the current golden-point environment - referees would be more inclined to award penalties for deliberate breaches.

Bennett's despondency at losing a grand final is understandable. Before last Sunday he had coached in eight at NRL level and lost just one, as co-coach of the Raiders in 1987.

But having scored three tries to two and Thurston's sideline conversion after the siren hitting the upright, there was little doubt the Cowboys were deserved premiership winners, golden point or not.

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