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Maroons against extra time

By Brent Read 21/02/2003 06:31:26 AM Comments (0)

The Queensland Rugby League has dealt State of Origin extra time a hefty blow when its board voted unanimously against supporting the concept for this year's series.

The QRL refused to be swayed by the National Rugby League's decision to adopt the concept for premiership matches and will head into next month's Australian Rugby League board meeting firmly opposed to the concept.

"We are opposed to any changes to the current rules for State of Origin for the same reason we have been saying the whole year through," QRL managing director Ross Livermore said.

"It's a different series completely to the NRL.

"The pros and cons of it will be discussed at that ARL meeting. If NSW says they want it we will be beaten by the numbers.

"But this is not about numbers, it's about what's best for the competition."

The decision is not a mortal blow to those in favour of the concept, with NSW having the edge at board level to push it through.

But if NSW ploughs ahead with plans to introduce extra time this year, it will only enrage the Queenslanders, who already have their noses out of joint after losing out when Chris Anderson was reappointed as Test coach.

ARL chief executive Geoff Carr confirmed the matter could be decided as early as next month, but also hinted its success in the NRL could be monitored before a final decision is made.

"We could make a decision (in March) but we don't have to," Carr said.

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