Smith accepts fans want golden point
Scrap the golden point rule and just share the spoils; that would be the mandate if Cameron Smith called the shots at NRL HQ.
The Storm skipper believes teams should split the points if scores remain level at the end of the 80 minutes rather than dabble in the potluck of a whoever-scores-first scenario.
Melbourne fell victim to the golden point rule on Monday night courtesy of a Jonathan Thurston drop goal, shortly after seeing their seven-point lead disappear in the final two minutes.
It was just the second loss the Storm have suffered in golden point since the rule was introduced in 2003. They hold a current record of seven wins, two losses and two draws when forced to play the extra period.
Speaking to the media on Thursday Smith was clear about his preference should an 80-minute stalemate arise.
"I think given how much effort the two teams put in during the 80 minutes, to ask them to go into extra time and one team takes the points and one gets nothing, I'd be happy with a draw," he said.
"A lot of people will think that's sour grapes because we lost the other night… but we've won the majority of them. That's only the second loss in golden point we've had… going back on the ones that we have won I'd be more than happy to hand the other team one point as well."
Smith threw the question out to the public via Twitter last night and received mixed responses.
While the champion hooker may share an alternative view he conceded in the current landscape the cliffhanger finale is unlikely to change anytime soon.
"This day and age people are after a result, they want one team to win and the excitement factor of golden point – fans like that," Smith said.
"From a player's point of view it's a bit hard going playing the 80 minutes as it is. But it's golden point, it's going to stay that way. It adds that value of excitement to the game and we just have to put up with that."
Melbourne will host New Zealand at 5pm on Easter Monday at AAMI Park.