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Lockyer prefers "golden try" for Origin

By Wayne Heming 05/07/2004 07:08:16 PM Comments (0)

Queensland captain Darren Lockyer wants the golden point dumped for State of Origin matches and replaced with a golden try.

NSW won the opening Origin game in Sydney with a field goal off the boot of Shaun Timmins - the first golden point win in Origin history.

But Lockyer, the player Queensland will turn to if the scores are deadlocked after 80 minutes, has called for a rule change to avoid a "field goal-a-thon".

The golden point rule was introduced after Origin's second draw in 2002, which for the second time, allowed Queensland to retain the crown.

But Lockyer and a number of other players and coaches are not convinced the golden point, which forces sides to take field goal shots, is the best way to find a worthy winner after the end of an intense Origin match.

"I don't think it suits the game," said Lockyer.

"We saw it (golden point) in the first game, and that really doesn't do it justice.

"I think a try in extra time is a better way to get a result. Anything is better than the way it is at the moment.

"I'd rather play 10 minutes each way after 80 minutes and then, if it's still tied, you could have a golden point I suppose.

"I think you need to discourage the field goal, so the first try is probably the preferred option for most players.

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